Orientalium Ecclesiarum 27

The first policy covers Penance, Eucharist, and Anointing:

Without prejudice to the principles noted earlier, Eastern Christians who are in fact separated in good faith from the Catholic Church, if they ask of their own accord and have the right dispositions, may be admitted to the sacraments of Penance, the Eucharist and the Anointing of the Sick. Further, Catholics may ask for these same sacraments from those non-Catholic ministers whose churches possess valid sacraments, as often as necessity or a genuine spiritual benefit recommends such a course and access to a Catholic priest is physically or morally impossible.(Fundamentum mitigationisconsideratur: 1) validitas sacramentorum; 2) bona fides et dispositio; 3) necessitas salutis aeternae; 4) absentia sacerdotis proprii; 5) exclusio periculorum vitandorum et formalis adhaesionis errori.)

Those five conditions, again, in the vernacular: sacramental validity, good faith & proper disposition, the impact on eternal salvation, no priest of one’s own tradition available, the exclusion of “dangers” and formal error.

Does anyone have any experience with this “moderation?”


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One Response to Orientalium Ecclesiarum 27

  1. Hello there,

    As the great Olympic Games are approaching, I was wondering what will Roman Catholics do in China to attend Liturgy Services? Will they attend the Patriotic Church that is in Schism from Rome, and commit Communicatio in Sacris?

    Well, this topic of Intercommunion with a Schismatic Sect really made me think.


    And then, the other day, I received this wonderful advertisement covering this topic from a TRADITIONAL Roman Catholic Theological position. I wanted to share this book with all Chinese people, but all tourists who may be going to the Summer Olympics and will be worried about going to MASS (Byzantine or Latin Tridentine, and any other Rite). Here is a clip about this Theological Opus Magnus:

    “Communicatio in Sacris is a Compendium of Roman Catholic Doctrine on the subject of Intercommunion with non-Catholics. This book produces the overwhelming theological consensus for the Dogmatic Teaching condemning Intercommunion with non-Catholics, putting together a treasury of Sacred Scriptures, Church Fathers, Doctors, Saints, Theologians, and Popes who have written on the matter. This book also covers the Theological Controversies, Scandals, and Hypocrisies of how so-called Traditionalist Catholics and pseudo-Orthodox have openly communicated in the sacred with those they consider the Heterodox and yet have tried to justify their actions. This book, not only reveals their crimes, but it opens the door for anyone to understand what the Roman Catholic Church has always taught on this subject, namely, that it is forbidden for Catholics to join non-Catholic Communion.”



    I hope Catholics – all Catholics – who wish to remain truly Christian will read this book and understand this Great Dogma on “Communicatio in Sacris” and this Schismatic Crisis in China and abroad.

    Sincerely in the Christ Child,

    Merry Christ’s Mass (Christmas)!

    A Catholic Wanderer

    P.S. I also wanted to wish all a very Happy New Year, and there is this site for Catholic Latin Books, and also Tridentine Liturgy Books. Hard to find in CHINA I AM SURE!!!! CHINA NEEDS TO EMBRACE THE LATIN WESTERN IDEAS BY READING GREAT BOOKS! Please share, and also we want to share our knowledge, but please share with others this knowledge, and we hope to learn from you all!!!!!!

    Enjoy & Peace!


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