And then I need to ask, just which parishes and what priests are unwelcoming of divorced Catholics or Catholics divorced and remarried? Who prevents them from entering the church, praying, receiving a blessing in the Communion line (or for that matter actually receiving Holy Communion illicitly). Just what parishes and which priests don't already do what is good Italian Cardinal recommends? Answer me, what parishes which priests?????
Reflecting on the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family, Cardinal Ennio Antonelli said in an interview that the Church can be welcoming to those who have remarried outside the Church without admitting them to Holy Communion.
"They have to be part of the life of the Church with concrete gestures of welcome, friendship, and respect," he told Rome Reports. "For example, with separated brothers, with Christians who are not Catholic, they can be in line for Communion to receive a blessing."
The prelate, who served as president of the Pontifical Council for the Family from 2008 until his retirement in 2012, recently wrote a short book strongly criticizing the proposal to admit persons in non-sacramental civil marriages to Holy Communion.
"There are many reasons for why marriage is in crisis, but some of them that stand out: we live in a secular culture dominated by individualism, relativism, consumerism, and hedonism," Cardinal Antonelli continued in the interview. "God is marginal, as if He wasn't relevant."
"The way society, the economy, or work is organized penalizes the family instead of supporting and promoting it," he added. "For proof we only have to see the married couples who spend lots of time far apart from each other because they must work."
FINAL COMMENT: Just which parishes, what priests are not doing this already and much, much more?