Reactions to the Pope's letter?????
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|Wed, 04-23-2003 - 7:22am|
Some people said that he shouldn't have written that because it will make Protestant's less likely to reunite with the Church - the Lutherans in particular.
Others said that he shouldn't write things like that, because it will drive some Catholics away from the Church, or at least away from Mass.
Others said (and this was the strangest) that this was just another example of the Pope, and the Church hierarchy in general, trying to keep the people under his thumb. (And this after the person had just said that it will drive people away. Huh?)
Other comments were more specific. "If they don't consider me really married because I got remarried by a JP, then how can they say I shouldn't take Communion? Or, I confess before Mass, so I can receive.
It's the Pope's job to teach us, to remind us, when he sees abuses creeping in. And why would knowing what the rule on Communion is turn someone away from the Church? Like those Lutheran Church who are working on full Communion with the CC don't know what the rule is already?
What kinds of reactions have you heard? Do you have a problem with the letter?