Cardinal Müller criticises German bishops’ plan for Communion for Protestant spouses

 Cardinal Müller (CNS)

The cardinal said the idea of only allowing Communion in specific cases was a ‘rhetorical trick’

Cardinal Gerhard Müller has criticised the German bishops’ document that opens Communion to Protestant spouses in certain situations.

In an interview with Die Tagespost, the cardinal said the bishops had interpreted canon law incorrectly, and warned them against making vague statements when the full document is published.

Canon 844 §4 allows Protestants to receive Holy Communion under very specific “grave circumstances”. The German bishops said that this can apply to Protestant spouses of Catholics who wish to end “serious spiritual distress” and a “longing to satisfy a hunger for the Eucharist”. They must also affirm “the faith of the Catholic Church”.

However, Cardinal Müller said an interdenominational marriage is “not an emergency situation”.

“Neither the Pope nor we bishops can redefine the sacraments as a means of alleviating mental distress and satisfying spiritual needs,” the cardinal said. “They are effective signs of the grace of God.”

“We respect the goodwill and beliefs of our fellow Christians in other denominations, but we also expect our faith to be recognised as an expression of our convictions and not defamed as a product of stubbornness or a ‘conservative’ sentiment.”

Read on at the Catholic Herald

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2 Responses to Cardinal Müller criticises German bishops’ plan for Communion for Protestant spouses

  1. How can you respect the beliefs of other Christian religions, when there is only one Christian religion?


  2. God help the Church in Germany. The German bishops – except for some like Cardinal Müller –
    believe that anyone who does not agree with their position on matters like Communion are like Polish Catholics, whom the Germans consider “understandably ‘backward’ due to their own Communist history and separation from the West and its ongoing discussions.” (


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