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Divorced? No Communion for You

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You may have read about it in a newspaper or a news website. If you’re Catholic and have gotten a divorce and then became remarried, the church will not allow you to receive communion. The Pope wants to remove this rule, and allow such people to share in the sacrament of communion, but conservative bishops have successfully resisted him. The rule stands.

In defense of their position, one of the leaders of those opposing the Pope, Cardinal George Pell, was quoted in one article as saying, “Christ’s teaching on adultery and second marriages is very clear.” Very true. But so is His teaching on forgiveness and second chances.

The Bible is full of second chances and forgiveness. And God’s forgiveness of our sins is obviously more complete than human forgiveness. For as God said, “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Jeremiah 31:34). For those who believe, God forgets the sin of adultery that results from divorce and remarriage. Too bad the Catholic bishops cannot forget as well.

And look at what these bishops are trying to do. Communion is sharing the symbolic body and blood of Christ. Communion signifies the most intimate relationship God’s children can experience… Jesus within us and us within Him. This is what Jesus prayed for, as He said to His Father, “I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” (John 17:26, emphasis added) It looks like the Catholic bishops are trying to deprive adulterers from having a personal relationship with Jesus.

Yet I feel sorry for those who oppose the Pope on this issue. They have surrounded themselves with so much manmade church doctrine and personal opinion that they cannot see Jesus themselves.

If I could contact the Pope, I would encourage him to respond to the bishops in the same way Peter responded to the stubborn religious leaders of his day, when he said, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God.” (Acts 4:19)

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Author: C.J. Penn

Reflections on a double life... I'm just a wanna-be writer. What's it like trying to do serious writing while also being consumed with a full-time engineering job? Between the two, I sometimes don't get much sleep. But I love writing - it gets me out of bed when it's way too dark, just so I can do some work on my book before heading off to work. I'm also passionate about the truth of God and Jesus, a truth that is not always visible in the outward view of the Christian religion. It's this passion that has pulled me out of bed to write for over 6 years now, still working on the same book, a book about truth. Will it ever be finished? God knows.

3 thoughts on “Divorced? No Communion for You

  1. I was born again after two divorces. Jesus spoke lovingly to a Samaritan woman who had by “sex” been married 5 times. His disciples (maybe not too far from bishops and popes in their judgment) asked him why he even spoke to her! The truth is, people judge like that when they haven’t been born again. When you are born again, the Holy Spirit writes the law on your heart. I have not wanted to date or get married again since I was born again (in fact, my whole perspective changed on “finding a man,” which was my focus before being born again). My “man” is Jesus because he rescued me, and I was born again. He heard my cries of loneliness and took the loneliness away at its root, not just by handing me another self-worshipping man who isn’t born again. You see, affliction is also mentioned in the Bible as a great teacher–God uses it on His people often by withdrawing His protection per their choices to continue to sin. Two divorces “afflicted” me to the point I was finally and, for the better, humbled before God. There’s a before and after in my life and the fruits are growing! I’m in the body of Christ now! So I don’t take the Pope’s rules personally. He might not be born again. ; )

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  2. Reblogged this on Ink Pastries and commented:
    Good blog….had to make a comment on it. : )

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