Policing the Communion Line

The intriguing title took me to the article below from Commonweal written by Cathleen Kaveny, who teaches law and theology at Boston College.

The article is thought-provoking, largely I think because it invites the reader to (hopefully) consider the place of receiving communion in the spiritual and liturgical life of the Church: is it a reward for the perfect, or medicine for those who are not (in which number I rapidly and repeatedly include myself)?

In the light of Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia, and the ongoing debate about whether those who are divorced and remarried without annulment should be permitted to receive communion – though the argument must not be limited solely to that particular issue of course – this article is a timely one and will, hopefully, continue to contribute to the ongoing understanding of the Church’s teaching and doctrine.

Policing the Communion Line

Many conservative Catholics remain opposed to relaxing the canonical prohibition against granting Communion to the divorced and civilly remarried. And many progressive Catholics perceive their more conservative counterparts as caring more about abstract legal rules than flesh-and-blood human beings. In my view, however, this particular perception is misplaced.

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