No Communion for those ‘living in sin,’ says archbishop in pastoral letter on cohabitation

First of all, we ourselves must be firmly rooted in the Gospel teaching that, when it comes to sexual union, there are only two lifestyles acceptable to Jesus Christ for His disciples: a single life of chastity, or the union of man and woman in the Sacrament of Matrimony. There is no “third way” possible for a Christian. The Bible and the Church teaches that marriage is between one man and one woman and opposes same sex unions.

We have three groups of people who are living contrary to the Gospel teaching on marriage: those who cohabit; those who have a merely civil union with no previous marriage; and those who have a civil union who were married before. These people are objectively living in a state of mortal sin and may not receive Holy Communion. They are in great spiritual danger. At the best — and this is, sadly, often the case — they are ignorant of God’s plan for man and woman. At the worst, they are contemptuous of God’s commandments and His sacraments.

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  1. I read this “Pastoral Letter” with a yawn concluding this drivel is just more of the same from the same old.

    What would have been more impressive and authentically Catholic would have been if the bishop strongly admonished those living in sin with “partners” other than their spouses from valid marriages(ie those they have separated from) to separate from their “partners” and to live a faithful, celibate life which would be a public witness to marriage and its inherent value.Then, as best humanly possible, to seek reconciliation with their valid spouse.

    Then, in his diocese, the good bishop should have offered
    for those qualified among his priests and professional staff, including himself, intercessory/mediatory assistance, at no cost(like many dioceses do for abortion, but not for marriages which manifestly shows their low priority for the sacrament) or low cost to work to heal, even long-standing wounded valid, sacramental marriages.

    Not impressed.

    Not surprised.

    No ground broken.

    More of the same, nothingness.

    An abandoned, non-nulled, Catholic husband, father traditional leaning dissident, who loves what the Catholic Church teaches but DOES NOT practice, yet who is aware knows his own sinfulness

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