German Cardinal Against German Bishops

The [abusive] decision of the German bishops to allow Protestants to receive Holy Communion contradicts Church teaching according to retired Curia Cardinal Paul Cordes, 83.

Talking to (April 4), Cordes explained that Eucharistic Communion has always been “the visible sign of ecclesial communion.”

Cordes added that since the early Church the principle was that "everyone belongs where he or she receives Holy Communion.”

Therefore “it is generally impossible for non-Catholic Christians to receive the sacrament of Communion without sharing [ecclesial] communion.”

Picture: Paul Josef Cordes, © Karl-Michael Soemer, CC BY-SA, #newsUnotfkgjnd
De Profundis
“No one may share the Eucharist with us unless he believes that what we teach is true, unless he is washed in the regenerating waters of baptism for the remission of his sins, and unless he lives in accordance with the principles given us by Christ.” — St. Justin