The Catholic bishops in Germany continue to wrestle with the manner of dealing with those divorced and remarried. A large majority of them advocate that, in justified individual cases, Catholics in a second marriage be admitted to Eucharist and Reconciliation. A minority wishes to hold to the current regulations that the divorced and remarried certainly belong to the church and are part of the community, but generally cannot be admitted to the sacraments. The bishops are in agreement that pastoral accompaniment of faithful whose marriages failed and who have entered into a new relationship is to be intensified.Surely the purpose of posting this was to show how progressive and with it (hip, if you like) the bishops of Germany are and they are trail blazing a path for the rest of the Church especially as she approaches the synod on marriage next year.
These positions, first released in Bonn on Monday, are to be found in the considerations of the German Bishops’ Conference titled “Theologically Responsible and Pastorally Appropriate Ways of Accompanying the Divorced and Remarried.”
But then the comments in the post took an interesting turn that pointed out the bishops of Germany corruption and duplicity and just how unpastoral they really are. I will print a couple of those insightful comments:
1. The German church wants as many people to keep paying the church tax, which is 8-9% of income, collected by the government and distributed to the churches. In fact, not paying the church tax is the only thing that would cause you not to be admitted to the Sacraments there.
2. The German Bishops Conference published a formal decree forbidding the administration of Communion, Confession, or burial should one not pay the Church tax.
Funny…. Communion for the divorced and remarried (i.e. no annulment), but suck it if you don’t pay the tax.
3. By the way, the German Bishops used to maintain that one who did not pay the Church Tax was subject to Excommunication. The Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts overruled this position of the German Conference, leading them to published the aforesaid decree, which prohibits reception of the Sacraments unless in danger of death.
Decree may be found here: http://www.dbk.de/fileadmin/redaktion/diverse_downloads/presse/2012-145a-Allgemeines-Dekret-Kirchenaustritt_Dekret.pdf
My Final Comments: So the German Bishops' Conference has mercy and pity on people in bogus marriages who still are in presumed sacramental marriages but separated from their true spouse. Theological bigamy will be condoned and Communion given but not if you don't pay your church tax even if you are completely a faithful Catholic. Money is the most important thing for German bishops.
There were other such comments which the moderator of Praytell finally tried to stop and censor since these comments didn't serve his purpose or he didn't do his homework to find out how corrupt the German bishops are.
It would seem that Pope Francis' Merry Christmas talk to the Curia could easily be applied to the German bishops to say the least.
And as I recall, the German Church that produced the Bishop of Bling, is one of the richest Churches in the Catholic world and has some unscrupulous business dealings and investments with makers of pornography which is quite lucrative, that would make the Vatican bank blush. Maybe Cardinal Pell needs to take over the German Bishops' Conference and reform it too!