Malaga diocese apologises for confusion over Anglican priest at Mass

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'Ambiguous'


MALAGA’S Bishopric has apologised for the “confusion” caused when an Anglican reverend took part in a Catholic church’s Mass. 

The pastor of Alora is now asking forgiveness for the All Saints Day incident. The bishopric said Catholic and non-Catholic ministers cannot jointly participate in the Eucharist. 

In a statement the diocese said that it had been an “ambiguous gesture” and clarified that “Eucharistic communion and the possibility of concelebration is only contemplated among the faithful who are in full ecclesial communion. Catholic priests and ministers of churches or non-Catholic Christian communities cannot participate jointly in a Eucharistic concelebration,” he said. 

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The Diocese of Malaga feels very much the damage that this gesture may have caused to those who do not know the doctrine on the matter and to whom it may have created confusion,” adds the statement. 

May our prayer and ecumenical commitment help us to overcome our differences, until one day we can celebrate together the sacrament of communion,” it concludes. 


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