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A note on Relatio post disceptationem 48

October 13, 2014

From the Relatio post disceptationem:

48. Suggesting limiting [divorced-and-remarried Catholics] to only “spiritual communion” was questioned by more than a few Synodal Fathers: if spiritual communion is possible, why not allow them to partake in the sacrament? As a result a greater theological study was requested…

Fathers with access to the Dictionarium Morale et Canonicum (1962-1968) should consult P. Landucci, “Communio spiritualis”, DMC I: 790-793, esp. 792. The possibility of making a spiritual Communion while in an irregular state is ably discussed there along with the basic differences between spiritual and sacramental reception of holy Communion.

By the way, making a spiritual Communion is a partially indulgenced action under the 2004 Enchiridion, conc. 8 § 2, 1°.

Update: This post now available in French, ici.

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