AL and Divorced Remarried Catholics

17/07/2021

MFS 27/1 (2021):

This issue features a cluster of three articles that focus on the situation of divorced remarried people in the Catholic Church, which remains a burning theological theme. Eberhard Schockenhoff (1953-2020) wrote his article shortly before his death, in response to our question to reflect on the possibility of allowing divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive communion. Canonist Adrian Loretan reflects on these same issue as a tribute to Schockenhoff.  Moral theologian Sigrid Müller attempts to untie the "Gordian Knot" in which the various theological disciplines on the one hand and canon law on the other hand have become entwined in a contradictory stance towards failed marriages.

The three articles give food for thought for a possible future dialogue between theologians and canon lawyers.

There are hardly any articles in our journal Marriage, Families & Spirituality that have not in one way or another engaged with Amoris laetitia since its promulgation.

Marriage and the relation between spouses are the primary subjects of the reflections of two other experts in moral theology (Stephanie Höllinger and Konrad Glombik).

The canonist Georg Bier examines the causes and implications of Pope Francis's recent decision to amend canon law by opening the liturgical ministries of lector and acolyte to women.

The Anglican theologian Adrian Thatcher analyses the current project on sexual relations and marriage by the Church of England, developd in a publication under the title Living in Faith and Love (2020).

Read the Editorial by Thomas Knieps-Port le Roi, Editor

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