Roman Catholic Church leaders in Kazakhstan have declared that it would be “blasphemy” if divorced people living with someone else would “dare ask” for Holy Communion.
Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana told Catholic News Service in an article on Thursday that “divorced people living with someone else would not dare ask for Holy Communion because they know they are living in a situation of sin. It would be blasphemy.”
Other church leaders, including Archbishop Tomash Peta of Astana and Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga of Karaganda, all signed a statement in December proclaiming “the immutable truths about sacramental marriage.”
The three bishops said that neither they nor any other bishops can authorize Communion for Catholics who are divorced and remarried, unless the previous marriage has been annulled.
The statement comes at a time when Pope Francis is being criticized by some conservative Catholics of not making clear the Church’s stance on divorce and remarriage.
Four cardinals sent a letter to Francis in June criticizing what they called the “ambiguous” nature of some passages in the pontiff’s 255-page papal exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” in 2016, which…