Tuesday, May 11, 2004

2005 Synod Will Focus on Eucharist

Could of used whatever they'll come up with next year, this year.


"The recent debate over liturgical abuses and reception of Communion by dissenting Catholics is about to be taken to a global level as the church prepares for the 2005 Synod of Bishops.

The synod's topic is the Eucharist. In recent days, bishops around the world have received a Vatican-prepared thematic outline that focuses in large part on the rules that govern celebration of the Eucharist -- including who should and who should not receive Communion.

The 75-page outline, called the 'lineamenta,' has not been released publicly by the Vatican. Catholic News Service obtained a copy of the document in early May.

The outline emphasizes the sacramental and liturgical norms against shared Communion with most non-Catholics. It repeatedly makes the point that the church does not have the power to give Communion to Catholics living in grave sin, to those 'teaching error' or to 'persons living an immoral life.'

Although the Eucharist is a sacrament of unity, it presupposes 'unity in the faith' for those who would share in its reception, the document said. In that sense, people should not receive Communion in a 'casual, routine manner,' it said."