“If a separated or divorced person who is living in a new relationship manages, with an informed and enlightened conscience, to acknowledge and believe that he or she are at peace with God, he or she cannot be precluded from participating in the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist”.
UPDATE: In spite of complaints from a few, I insist on listing all Maltese bishops here, even those who are Nuncios and who have nothing directly to do with the two bishops from Malta, who have undertaken this. The reason is clear, they must rebuke their brothers!
- Bishop Joseph Alessandro, O.F.M. Cap., Bishop of Garissa, Kenya
- Bishop Peter Baldacchino, Auxiliary Bishop of Miami, Florida, USA
- Bishop Emanuel Barbara, O.F.M. Cap., Bishop of Malindi, Kenya
- Bishop José Bonello, O.F.M., Bishop of Juticalpa, Honduras
- Bishop George Bugeja, O.F.M., Coadjutor Vicar Apostolic of Tripoli, Libya
- Bishop Roberto Camilleri Azzopardi, O.F.M., Bishop of Comayagua, Honduras
- Archbishop Tommaso Caputo, Prelate of Pompei o Beatissima Vergine Maria del Santissimo Rosario, Italy
- Archbishop Mario Roberto Cassari, Apostolic Nuncio to Malta
- Archbishop Aldo Cavalli, Apostolic Nuncio to Netherlands
- Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata, Vice-Chamberlain Emeritus of the Apostolic Chamber, Roman Curia
- Bishop Vicente Costa, Bishop of Jundiaí, Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Archbishop Paul Cremona, O.P., Archbishop Emeritus of Malta
- Bishop Paul Darmanin, O.F.M. Cap., Bishop Emeritus of Garissa, Kenya
- Archbishop Félix del Blanco Prieto, Almoner Emeritus of the Office of Papal Charities, Roman Curia
- Bishop Walter Michael Ebejer, O.P., Bishop Emeritus of União da Vitória, Parana, Brazil
- Archbishop George Anthony Frendo, O.P., Archbishop of Tiranë-Durrës, Albania
- Archbishop Luigi Gatti, Apostolic Nuncio Emeritus to Greece
- Bishop Mario Grech, Bishop of Gozo
- Prospero (Stanley) Cardinal Grech, O.S.A., Cardinal-Deacon of Santa Maria Goretti
- Bishop Sylvester Carmel Magro, O.F.M., Vicar Apostolic Emeritus of Benghazi, Libya
- Bishop Francis George Adeodatus Micallef, O.C.D., Vicar Apostolic Emeritus of Kuwait
- Archbishop Charles Jude Scicluna, Archbishop of Malta
- Archbishop Joseph Spiteri, Apostolic Nuncio to Côte d’Ivoire
- Father Leo White, O.F.M. Cap., Prefect Emeritus of Garissa, Kenya
- Bishop Carmelo Zammit, Bishop of Gibraltar
Perhaps, just perhaps, the Maltese bishops have done us a big favour. This is going to blow up and put Bergoglio in the corner where he belongs. Jorge Bergoglio must be held to account for his error and the heretical and sacrilegious permission in Amoris Laetitia. He did it. This is his work and it must be denounced.
Dr. Edward Peters, the preeminent Canon Lawyer has already commented. He states that this is even worse than the Argentine statement which left room for "orthodoxy."
1. The Maltese bishops have fallen completely for the canonically and ecclesiologically false view that an individual’s assessment of his or her own readiness to receive holy Communion (see c. 916) controls a minister’s decision to administer the sacrament (see c. 915). In Malta now, anyone who approaches for the sacraments should be recognized as being “at peace with God”. Objective evidence to the contrary is simply no longer relevant. Canon 916 is thus eviscerated, Canon 915 is effectively repudiated.
2. The Maltese bishops do not seem to know what the word “conjugal” means. They think that non-married people can practice “conjugal” virtues and that they can decide about whether to engage in “conjugal” acts. Nonsense and, coming from bishops, inexcusable nonsense at that. Non-married people can have sex, of course, but Catholic pastoral integrity does not hold such sexual acts on par with the physically identical, but truly conjugal, acts as performed by married persons.
3. The Maltese bishops, by extending their document to the sacrament of Reconciliation, have basically instructed their priests not to withhold absolution from divorced-and-remarried Catholics who refuse to repent of their “public and permanent adultery” (CCC 2384) even to the point of abstaining from sexual (nb: sexual not “conjugal”) relations. Incredibly, such a directive raises the specter of green-lighting sacrilegious confessions and the commission of solicitation in confession. No priest should want either on his conscience, let alone both.
4. The Maltese bishops even managed to take swipes at Baptism and Confirmation by opening the door to divorced-and-remarried Catholics serving as godparents contrary to the expectations of Canon 874 § 1, 3º. See CLSA New Comm (2001) 1062-1063.