A majority of the German bishops had endorsed the proposal, which would have allowed Protestant spouses to receive the Eucharist more routinely. (Current Church discipline allows for intercommunion only under unusual circumstances on in cases of “impending grave necessity.”) But a substantial minority had protested and appealed to the Vatican for clarification.
In his May 25 latter Archbishop Ladaria (who will be elevated to the college of cardinals later this month) explained that the German bishops should not adopt their own policy because the issue of intercommunion “touches upon the faith of the Church and is relevant for the universal Church.” For now, he wrote, it “appears opportune to leave to the diocesan bishop the judgment on the existence of a ‘grave and urgent necessity’” that would allow for a Protestant to receive Communion.
Archbishop Ladaria closed his letter by stressing the desire of Pope Francis that the German bishops would maintain “the spirit of episcopal collegiality.”
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His Beatitude Sviatoslav believes that the special event celebrated last month has a very deep symbol – the beginning of true unity. This is the unity of the two communities – the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in Poltava, who jointly start building their temple, because they striving for the unity, the basis of which is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
“We want these two walls of Ukrainian Christianity in the Kyiv tradition to finally find the point of support and the place of unity that is so needed today for Christians in Ukraine. There is no other foundation of unity, there is no other cornerstone for the construction of a single local Ukrainian Church in Kyiv but Christ the Savior. And there is no other way to this unity but joint labor, common prayer, and in this case, the construction of a common temple.”
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Ernst and Annette Jansen-Winkeln, originally from Mönchengladbach, continue their efforts at rescuing and listing the stained glass windows that are the symbols of German churches, with the stained glass windows of the parish church of St Barbara in Essen which will soon be demolished (the 13th Catholic Church pulled down in the diocese due to the reorganisation process). They have currently saved 650 stained glass windows from demolished Catholic and Evangelical churches: they have also saved some of those of the Cathedral of Immenrather, in the diocese of Aachen, completely razed to the ground to extend a mine.
Mr and Mrs Jansen-Winkeln (he is an architect and art historian, she is a photographer) have had the stained glass windows removed at their expenses and bought them for 5 thousand euros: “We cannot bear to see the windows thrown way and the churches destroyed”, say Ernst and Annette, who do not mind if the churches are old or new, as in the case of St Barbara’s, built in 1952 over the remains of an earlier church destroyed in the Second World War. And all over Germany there are hundreds of churches that have been abandoned, demolished or sold to be converted in the last few years.