Friday, December 16, 2016
CLARITY AND AMBIGUITY: IN THE PASTORAL REALM, WHICH WILL WIN?
A simple clarification about the "internal forum" and when it can be used in certain situations would be very much appreciated by this priest.
Life is messy and in the pastoral realm, some slack has to be cut for those who have exhausted the external forums of the Church to deal with pastoral irregularities.
We must keep in mind also, that many, many, many people today present themselves for Holy Communion who are clueless of the moral law and don't believe any type of sexual sin should keep them from receiving. Others simply do not understand or accept the gravity of receiving Holy Communion knowing they are in mortal sin.
Clearly though, there are many who do and frequent confession if they feel they have received Holy Communion unworthily. There are also those who are overly scrupulous about the distinctions between mortal and venial sin and see all sin as mortal. In the other extreme we have the unscrupulous as well.
What Pope Francis has created in terms of his willingness to offer Holy Communion to those whose marriage is not recognized by the Church is to open a conundrum for bishops and priests to properly advise the laity what are their options.
I do not believe that a person who should be excluded from Holy Communion commits a mortal sin when the highest authority of the Church has sanctioned it. It will be that highest authority that will have to answer to God for leading anyone astray.