The Article “Catholic church prepares for conflict on allowing Holy Communion for divorcees” openly talks about the conflict between divorcees and remarried individuals in the Catholic Church, this topic is a sensitive issue and there appears to be many misunderstandings.
Speculations have been made that the leadership for the Roman Catholic Church will alleviate its ban on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving the Holy Communion. This alleviation will have an impact on many people around the world. This issue is brought forth before the start of an October meeting in relation to allowing people to access “sacraments after a period of ‘penance’ according to a German Cardinal by the name of Walter Kasper.
Kasper’s point of view has been seen as a solution to the ‘problem’ and the disconnect that exists with divorcees and the Catholic religion. He is proposing to look past them and tolerate them, allowing those individuals who are Catholic and divorced to go to confession and Communion on a regular basis.
The Catholic religion does not accept the concept of Divorce. It is written in Canon law that a person, who divorces their spouse except for sexual immorality and marries another, commits adultery. The sixth commandment for Catholics is “ Thou shalt not commit adultery”. They therefore prohibit divorces, it is also important to mention that they do accept annulments to better understand the issue. An annulment is allowed under a narrow set of circumstances. The conditions for annulment means that the sacrament did not take place due to a sort of impediment. Marriage for Catholics is considered a sacrament “instituted by God and Christ indissoluble by mere human action”. The most prominent word here is indissoluble, it is eternal, everlasting; which is why the Catholic community treats divorcees a certain way.
A book is to be released the first of October, which was written by five Cardinals who oppose Kasper’s view. The Cardinals state that by looking past them it ignores the status of the original marriage and bring into question the already existent Catholic point of view on the issue.
The Roman Catholic Church is the longest surviving organization in the world; it is an organization like many others based on certain rules and law by a large population of the world abide by. As such this organization has a set of values and beliefs which people acknowledge by living a certain way of life, therefore it is a worldview, which was either acquired by birth or by understanding and relating to the Catholic Religion.
The opposition of Kasper’s way to solve the problem shows that the Catholic religion itself is having divergent political views with regards to the problem, the longest standing organization in the world is publically and openly disagreeing on issues that have been satisfied by Canon law.