The new rules on holy Communion and divorce and remarriage from Philadelphia’s shepherd are line with Pope Francis and Catholic teaching, the Illinois bishop said.
BY CNA/EWTN NEWS 07/21/2016
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Some news reports got it wrong: Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput’s guidelines on holy Communion and divorce and remarriage are “certainly correct” and in line with Pope Francis and Catholic teaching, an Illinois bishop has said.“
The Bible clearly teaches about the proper disposition to receive holy Communion in the First Letter to the Corinthians,” Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., said July 15.
St. Paul says in that letter that those who receive unworthily will be “guilty of profaning the Body and Blood of the Lord.”
Canon law reflects this biblical teaching, the bishop said in a column for the Illinois newspaper the State Journal Register.
Bishop Paprocki criticized press coverage of Archbishop Chaput’s response to the Pope’s 2016 apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. He said an Associated Press report was misleading to say that Archbishop Chaput was “closing the door opened by Pope Francis to letting civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion.”
Reiterating his April 8 remarks, the bishop said that the apostolic exhortation made no changes to canon law or Church doctrine.