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VATICAN (ChurchMilitant.com) - Cardinal Gerhard Müller, head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), is affirming traditional Church teaching on marriage and the family.
In an interview Thursday, December 1, to Kathpress, the prefect of the CDF held up the Congregation's 1994 rejection of the so-called Kasper Proposal to give Holy Communion to the civilly remarried. The cardinal also stressed that the papal exhortation "Amoris Laetitia" (AL) must be interpreted in accord with it and other Church teachings.
Cardinal Müller declined to comment directly on the recent letter submitted by Cdl. Raymond Burke and three cardinals to Pope Francis on AL, specifically whether it allows civilly remarried adulterers to receive Holy Communion. He nonetheless did point out the CDF's 1994 rejection written by Cdl. Ratzinger, (later Pope Benedict XVI) of such "pastoral" proposals.
If the divorced are remarried civilly, they find themselves in a situation that objectively contravenes God's law. Consequently, they cannot receive Holy Communion as long as this situation persists. ... The faithful who persist in such a situation may receive Holy Communion only after obtaining sacramental absolution ... when for serious reasons, for example, for the children's upbringing, a man and a woman cannot satisfy the obligation to separate, they 'take on themselves the duty to live in complete continence, that is, by abstinence from the acts proper to married couples.