BISHOPS WHO ORDER THEIR PRIESTS TO GIVE HOLY COMMUNION TO NON-CATHOLICS WHENEVER THEY PRESENT THEMSELVES AT HOLY COMMUNION MUST BE DISOBEYED, BISHOPS CANNOT ORDER PRIESTS TO COMMIT SIN

Cardinal Muller Speaks of a Duty to Disobey with Regards to Intercommunion

DECEMBER 29, 2018 

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Cardinal Gerhard Müller.

The German episcopate is divided on the question of granting Protestants access to Eucharistic Communion, and the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith reminds priests that they are not obliged to obey their bishops when they order them to commit acts that go against the doctrine and practice of the Church.

Priests are “not bound by Divine Law to administer Holy Communion to a non-Catholic, and in any case,they certainly cannot be bound by any episcopal order,” declared Cardinal Gerhard Müller on December 11, 2018, in an interview with the information website LifeSite.

This statement from the former prefect of the Doctrine of the Faith comes one month after the bishop of Münster, Bishop Felix Genn, declared on the contrary that no priest has the right to refuse Communion to a Protestant.

Ever since Pope Francis’ visit to the Lutheran church in Rome (November 15, 2015), when in answer to a Protestant woman’s question on the matter, he evasively responded, “I would never dare to give permission for this because it is not in my authority. Speak with the Lord and move forward,” many bishops have rushed headlong into what they believe to be a carte blanche for intercommunion.

Cardinal Müller recalls that there are cases in which a priest has to resist his bishop “just as St. Paul resisted St. Peter,” quoting the passage from the Epistle to the Galatians (2:11). We might add that St. Paul was not only a priest, but also a bishop, and even an apostle, and that he took the liberty of publicly rebuking the first pope “because he was not walking uprightly unto the truth of the Gospel.” Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre did exactly the same thing.

The Austrian newspaper Salzburger Nachrichten’s interview with Fr. Davide Pagliarani, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, on December 15, 2018, echoes this position, recalling that it is “inconceivable that the Church was mistaken for two millennia and that she found the truth about these questions only during the years of the Council, between 1962 and 1965.”

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  1. Ferde Rombola says:

    “St. Paul was not only a priest, but also a bishop, and even an apostle, and that he took the liberty of publicly rebuking the first pope “because he was not walking uprightly unto the truth of the Gospel.”

    So much for the self-serving ‘supreme judge’ fantasy. The current pontiff can be, and is judged, by thousands, if not millions who reject his heresies.

  2. Melanie says:

    Kindly please pray for Fr. James Schall as he has declined further treatment and is expected to die. You may find updates and leave remarks at schallfamily.org Perhaps you might let others know. Thanks ever so much. Melanie. PS. Happy Feast of St. Melanie!

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  3. Aqua says:

    A military Officer does not take an oath to “support and defend President Donald J. Trump against all enemies foreign and domestic”. It says, rather, “support and defend the Comstitution of the United States …”. We defend the specific authorizing documents that make all Presidents possible and the civil social structures they govern within which we live. We take an oath to die for that: the idea *behind* the President which is America itself.

    Normally, the President, who also takes a similar oath at his inauguration, is aligned with the Constitution. The service of one is mutually supported by the service of the other. Normally. If the President (or any superior Officer) were to direct an unconstitutional order, any Officer affected would be obligated to disobey. Risk everything. The UCMJ (military legal code) would prosecute them irregardless of who directed the illegal act. The UCMJ and the Constitution behind it govern our loyalty. Not individual personalities and rogue ideas.

    I see the Church in a similar way. I became Catholic in obedience to Jesus Christ, the Holy Roman Catholic Church, it’s Magisterium and the body of Sacred Tradition; in union with all Saints who are in union with Jesus Christ. No one, no one can give me an “order” contra to the words of Jesus Christ and the clear Dogmatic teachings of Sacred Tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. I will disobey any such order and make my disobedience clearly known as to what and why.

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