Bishops in Kazakhstan say no Communion for divorced, remarried Catholics
In Kazakhstan, “divorced people living with someone else would not dare ask for Holy Communion because they know they are living in a situation of sin. It would be blasphemy,” said the Auxiliary Bishop of Astana, Athanasius Schneider.
The Archbishop of Astana, Tomash Peta, Bishop Schneider and the retired Archbishop of Karaganda, Jan Pawel Lenga, published a statement on ‘the immutable truths about sacramental marriage’ in late December.
Bishop Schneider told Catholic News Service in Rome on 4th January that their statement was in response to some bishops’ conferences issuing norms and guidelines that foresee the possibility of a divorced and civilly remarried Catholic returning to the sacraments. The norms and guidelines are the bishops’ responses to Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia.
But the three bishops from Kazakhstan said in their statement that no bishop or group of bishops has the authority to authorise Communion for Catholics who are divorced and remarried unless the couple has received an annulment or has made a sincere pledge to abstain from sexual relations.
Picture: In Kazakhstan, “divorced people living with someone else would not dare ask for holy Communion because they know they are living in a situation of sin. It would be blasphemy,” said the Auxiliary Bishop of Astana, Athanasius Schneider. (CNS photo illustration/Mike Crupi).Tags: Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga, Archbishop of Astana, Archbishop Peta, Archbishop Tomash Peta, Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of Astana, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Bishop Schneider, Communion, divorced, Kazakhstan, Tomash Peta