…on Lutherans and Communion. Jimmy is his typically lucid self.
I think Francis is struggling with this. As did Benedict. Benedict, recall, gave communion to Br. Roger of Taize, who was not a Catholic.
I realize this is all cut-and-dried for a lot of Catholics, but I think it is a real source of anguish for not a few of the Church’s members, including two popes at least. For my part, I go with the present discipline of the Church and would counsel anybody not in full communion with the Church to do the same. But I also realize this is precisely one of those pastoral questions that actual pastors are really struggling with and that plump suburbanites like me have no business speaking of blithely. I have no dog in this fight. But our bishops and pope–unlucky souls–have to figure out a way to navigate the problem. My very strong suspicion is that, privately, bishops and priests do like Benedict did with Br. Roger on a fairly regular basis. I know this makes those who see the faith as a System of Rules very nervous. But my sense has always been that our shepherds tend to take a much more loose, easygoing Mediterranean attitude to such rules if they think it appropriate. After all, the law was made for man, not man for the law.