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Very encouraging interview with Card. Meisner:

“At my last meeting with Pope Francis, I had the opportunity to talk very open to him about a lot of things. And I told him that some questions remain unanswered in his style of spreading the gospel through interviews and short speeches, questions which need some extended explanation for people who are not so involved. The pope looked at me “with big eyes” and asked me to give an example. And my response was : During the flight back from Rio you were asked about people who divorced and remarried. And the pope responded frankly: People who are divorced can receive communion, people who are remarried can’t. In the orthodox church you can marry twice. And then he talked about mercy, which, according to my view, is seen in this country only as a surrogate for all human faults. And the pope responded quite bluntly that he’s a son of the church, and he doesn’t proclaim anything else than the teachings of the church. And mercy has to be identical with truth – if not, she doesn’t deserve that name. Furthermore, when there are open theological questions, it’s up to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to give detailed responses“.

http://wdtprs.com/blog/2013/12/card-meisner-cites-pope-francis-no-communion-for-divorced-remarried/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=card-meisner-cites-pope-francis-no-communion-for-divorced-remarried
WE seem to be getting different versions of things from different people. Cardinal Meisner of Colgne, Germany by the way turned 80 today i wonder if he will be allowed to stay on or will Archbishop Gaswein secretary to the Pope emeritus be sent to Cologne?
(12-24-2013, 12:54 PM)McCall1981 Wrote: [ -> ]Very encouraging interview with Card. Meisner:

“At my last meeting with Pope Francis, I had the opportunity to talk very open to him about a lot of things. And I told him that some questions remain unanswered in his style of spreading the gospel through interviews and short speeches, questions which need some extended explanation for people who are not so involved. The pope looked at me “with big eyes” and asked me to give an example. And my response was : During the flight back from Rio you were asked about people who divorced and remarried. And the pope responded frankly: People who are divorced can receive communion, people who are remarried can’t. In the orthodox church you can marry twice. And then he talked about mercy, which, according to my view, is seen in this country only as a surrogate for all human faults. And the pope responded quite bluntly that he’s a son of the church, and he doesn’t proclaim anything else than the teachings of the church. And mercy has to be identical with truth – if not, she doesn’t deserve that name. Furthermore, when there are open theological questions, it’s up to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to give detailed responses“.

http://wdtprs.com/blog/2013/12/card-meisner-cites-pope-francis-no-communion-for-divorced-remarried/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=card-meisner-cites-pope-francis-no-communion-for-divorced-remarried

It's encouraging but also discouraging as it suggest Pope Francis is oblivious of his coverage on news sites. I think Pope Benedict was too. Time for popes to start surfing the web to put it mildly.
Now that would be a REVOLUTION!

C.