UPDATE 20 Jan:
The Catholic Herald says:
Maltese bishop denies he will suspend priests who don’t give Communion to the remarried
Bishop Mario Grech has denied that he will suspend priests who abide by traditional Church teaching on the Eucharist.
Several websites had reported rumours that the Maltese bishop had threatened to suspend priests from saying Mass unless they give Communion to the remarried.
But the bishops have denied the rumours. A statement on the Facebook page of the Diocese of Gozo said: “What is being stated by certain sections of the (international) media with reference to Bishop Mario Grech, namely that he ‘threatens priests will be suspended a divinis for refusing Communion to divorced/remarried’, is absolutely false.”
___ ORIGINAL Published on: Jan 19, 2017 ___
The Italian language site Messa in Latino has written.. mind you, this is rumor, rumor, mind you…
Ci è stato riferito da persone affidabili ed attendili, di cui conosciamo l’identità ma che per ovvi motivi non possiamo rilevare, che in questi recentissimi giorni mons. Mario Grech (vescovo di Gozo, nella foto) di ritorno da Roma ha MINACCIATO i preti della propria diocesi di Malta di “proibire loro la Messa se non supportano le direttive su Amoris Laetitia scritte con il vescovo Sciucluna”. … Quindi: minaccia di sospensione a divinis (o comunque interdetto di celebrare pubblicamente) per i preti maltesi che non daranno la comunione ai divorziati risposati
We were told by reliable and trustworthy people, whose identity we know but for obvious reasons we cannot reveal, that in these last few days, Bp. Mario Grech (Bishop of Gozo, in the photo) on his return from Rome THREATENED priest of his diocese in Malta to “prohibit them from saying Mass if they don’t support the directives about Amoris laetitia written with Bishop Scicluna. … Hence, he threads suspension a divinis (or rather interdict to celebrate publicly) for Maltese priests who do not give Communion to the divorced and remarried.
You know that these Bishops put out what can only be judged a dreadful document, a mockery, which we call The Maltese Fiasco. What’s worse is that it was also published in L’Osservatore Romano.
Has this been confirmed yet by other sources? So far, I haven’t seen it. However, if bishops are capable of putting out The Maltese Fiasco, this sort of treatment of priests would follow. It’s all about the mercy, right?
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