Austrian bishop offers ‘remarried’ adulterous couples blessing, communion

LifeSiteNews | 1/28/2019 | Staff
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January 28, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The Austrian Diocese of Innsbruck under the leadership of Bishop Hermann Glettler announced on January 25 that it will host a set of seminars for divorced and “remarried” couples, at the end of which the couples will be allowed to receive Holy Communion and a “celebration of reconciliation and of blessing.”

At each of these seminars – which are said to be inspired by Amoris Laetitia – there will be a divorced and “remarried” couple present as a guide. One of these couples has publicly stated that it has already received a Church ceremony in Bavaria at which they promised loyalty to each other and then received a blessing.

News - Website - Bishops - Kathpress - January

As the official news website of the Austrian bishops, Kathpress.at, reported on January 25, Bishop Glettler on that same day launched this new initiative which intends to face today's life realities in light of the papal document Amoris Laetitia. “To Begin Anew” is the title of the set of seminars offered to divorced and “remarried” couples which are being hosted by a pastoral caretaker (either a priest or a deacon) and by a couple which itself has “remarried” after a divorce.

“Even if a second Church marriage is not possible,” explains Glettler, “we want to assure all couples that they have their place at the center of the Church.” The Austrian bishop makes it clear that he rejoices over such couples. As the diocese says: “We rejoice that people, after experiences of failure in life, take courage again and dare to enter new relationships.”

Texts - Diocese - Issue - Talk - Sinfulness

Nowhere in the different texts published by the diocese on this issue is there any talk about the sinfulness of adultery that takes place when a married man or woman enters into a new sexual relationship.

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