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Communicatio in sacris in Cologne

On of the decisive proofs that the Conciliar Church has apostatized from the Catholic Church is its custom to promote solemn acts of prayer with the leaders of other religions, such as the memorial shown on this page. Indeed, these photos portray the religious service led by Card. Rainer Maria Woelki, Archbishop of Cologne, which took place on April 17, 2015, to pray for the victims of the German plane that crashed into the French Alps.

No matter how sorry we may be for that so far inexplicable tragedy in which 150 victims died, the Catholic Church always forbade its Prelates and members to pray with followers of other religions, which in Latin is known as communicatio in sacris, that is, to communicate with heretics in sacred ceremonies.

This ceremony in the Cathedral of Cologne was led by Card. Woelki along with the President of the so-called Evangelical Church of Westphalia, Annette Kurschus, as we see in the photos.

The principal canons of the Code of Canon Law of 1917 that condemn communicatio in sacris are:

Canon 2316 - Who in any way helps the propagation of heresy or who communicates in sacred ceremonies with heretics against the prescriptions of canon 1258 is suspect of heresy.

Canon 1258 - § 1 - It is not licit for Catholics to attend or take part in an active way in non-catholic ceremonies.

Pope Pius XI, in his Encyclical Mortalium animos, ratifies the same doctrine in a very explicit way:

"It is evident that the Apostolic See cannot under any pretext take part in these [inter-confessional] assemblies; nor do Catholics have any right to favor such enterprises by their support or action. If they did so, they would be attributing authority to a false religion, entirely alien to the one Church of Christ. How could we tolerate that the truth, above all the revealed truth, be made a subject for compromise? This would be the apex of iniquity. ...

"How can it be allowed that the object of Faith become in the process of time so dim and uncertain that we should tolerate these contradictory opinions? If this were so, then we should have to admit that the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, the perpetual indwelling of the same Spirit in the Church, and even the preaching of Jesus Christ himself many centuries ago would have lost all their efficacy and value. To affirm this would be blasphemy."

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