ORTHODOX OIKONOMIA AND CIVILLY REMARRIED CATHOLICS

AN OPPORTUNITY FOR DOCTRINAL AND CANONICAL DEVELOPMENT?

  • Matthew D. Orzolek
Keywords: indissolubility, sacrament/sacramental, dispensation

Abstract

This article considers select ecumenical dimensions of admitting divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to Holy Communion. It begins by presenting fundamental concepts in canon law and moral theology necessary to contextualize the current debate. The article then proceeds to examine the restrictive doctrinal developments in the apostolic exhortation Familiaris consortio and Cardinal Kasper’s critical assessment of this teaching in The Gospel of the Family. It concludes with a brief assessment of the status quaestionis.

Author Biography

Matthew D. Orzolek

Matthew D. Orzolek received his licentiate in canon law from the Catholic
University of America. He is now completing his doctorate there, with a
dissertation entitled “The Evolution of the Procedures for Designating
Eastern Catholic Bishops.” Matthew is simultaneously pursuing a doctorate
in sacred theology at Boston College, where his research focuses on the
intersection of canon law and moral theology. He serves as a tribunal judge
for the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island and is the language editor of,
Iustitia, Dharmaram Journal of Canon Law.

Published
2020-08-02