Close canon law books and open doors of love | National Catholic Reporter

Divorced and remarried Catholics remind us of something the church doesn’t understand about Eucharist. It is Christ’s gift to all of us, especially to those whom life has hurt and whom the church punishes for being hurt. If there is not food at the great feast for “the crippled, the blind, and the lame” Luke 14:15-24, the church is not a family but a country club.

via Close canon law books and open doors of love | National Catholic Reporter.

Michael Leach’s Aunt Mary, Uncle Louie, Ronald and Genevieve in 1948

Michael Leach has a gift for getting to the heart of the matter. The above article for the Soul Seeing column at National Catholic Reporter shows how cruel and unjust the letter of the Canon Law can be in the midst of a life lived. The story of his Aunt Mary describes the suffering of divorced and remarried Catholics in a more effective way than any theological treatise ever could. The ensuing discussion board has several heart-wrenching and thought-provoking personal stories and reflections on this issue.

9 thoughts on “Close canon law books and open doors of love | National Catholic Reporter

  1. Only WE can deny ourselves the Eucharist. How many go to the Table who are not in the “state of grace?”. Oh please, the church must stop all of this ridiculous nonsense. If we see Jesus as the COMPASSIONATE ONE, how can we continue
    to live and walk the journey with Him with such suppression?

    Thank you again, Isabella for sharing your words of wisdom and the words from others who speak the Truth…Chris

  2. I am a divorced, faithful, Catholic husband and father. Shove your fake compassion. I will not waste my time with your stories. I have seen enough
    what false charity does. Leave the Catholic Church if you do not like it! It needs to be much MORE disciplined.

  3. ‘Shove your fake compassion.’

    Four simple words that tell so much….about the person pronouncing them. Sadly, comments like yours occur far too frequently on many discussion boards. What is especially sad is that they are made by persons who proudly proclaim they are “faithful Catholics”.

    May I suggest reading Heidi Schlumpf’s “Commentary on commenting” at . If we believe in MORE discipline, perhaps we should begin with disciplining ourselves in the art of respectful dialogue.

  4. You push heresy and are taken aback by an adjective! Then you show
    your hand by being so smug about your standards of Catholic behavior.

    Stop advertizing adultery as wholesome, regardless of the hardship, lady!

  5. Eucharist is healing food for us sinners. It is a source of energy on our spiritual journey. It should not be used as a tool of power or division. This news article brought to mind several questions. When did the Eucharist become holy food, only for the worthy; instead of bread for
    the starving world? The current practice of extending both cupped hands in the position of a beggar appears very appropriate to me. No one is “worthy” we are the beggars who have found the food, and who tell other starving beggars where to go to get this nourishment. Let’s make the table bigger!

  6. Wow Karl! It always saddens me how some “Catholics” can so proudly defend our faith yet do it in a very un-Christian manner. Is that how Jesus wants us to behave? We are Christian first and Catholic second and we do well to remember that. For me an my house we choose the follow the Lord!

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