I received and signed this petition today…
On the eve of the Ordinary Synod on the Family held in Rome in October 2015, we delivered to the Holy See a “Filial Petition to His Holiness on the Future of the Family” signed by 879,451 persons, including eight cardinals and 203 archbishops and bishops, asking for a word of clarification to dispel the confusion that had spread facing the possible access to the Holy Eucharist by divorced and civilly “remarried” Catholics.
With or without reason, formulations in both documents, namely the Synod’s Final Report and the Post-Synodal Exhortation Amoris Laetitia have been interpreted as enabling that access after a “case by case” discernment. Authoritative ecclesiastical pronouncements revealed that these documents have often given rise to contradictions and conflicting opinions, even among shepherds. This helped create further confusion among the faithful regarding the teaching of the Church on the indissolubility of marriage and on the conditions required to receive the sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist.
In a public statement, his Excellency Most Rev. Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of Astana, has suggested that, while respectfully waiting for that clarification, all Catholics who still take their baptismal vows seriously should make a declaration of fidelity in unison, specifically and clearly stating all the Catholic truths that have been weakened or ambiguously distorted since Cardinal Walter Kasper proposed that the Church change her discipline (February 2014).
Inspired by Bishop Schneider’s invitation, the Filial Petition organizers have prepared Declaration of Fidelity to the Church’s Unchangeable Teaching on Marriage and to her Uninterrupted Discipline.
For the whole petition and to join the hundreds of thousands of others who have signed it, click here.