Vatican Set to Discuss If Non-Catholics Can Receive Communion


The Vatican says that German churchmen and the officials from its doctrinal watchdog are scheduled to conduct a meeting this week to consider if Catholic spouses could be allowed to receive Communion.

German cardinals and other prelates are scheduled to be at the Vatican this coming Thursday in order to discuss the “possible access to the Eucharist” for non-Catholic Christian spouses. Any such opportunity could enrage the conservative Catholics who are already angered with what they regard as the liberal tilt of  Pope Francis on various doctrinal issues.

On Monday, the Vatican said that the German participants of the said meeting will include Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who is the head of the conference of German bishops, and Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, the archbishop of Cologne.

The officials of the Vatican that would participate during the said meeting will include the Monsignor Luis Ladaria Ferrer, the top guardian of doctrinal orthodoxy, of the Holy See. Monsignor Ferrer is a Jesuit just like the pope. Cardinal Kurt Koch will also be present during the meeting. He deals with issues that involves Christian unity.