02 October 2014, The Tablet

When life means life

by Melanie McDonagh

Whether divorced and remarried Catholics should be allowed to receive Communion will be a key topic at the Synod on the Family. Here, a writer argues for the status quo Have you ever read the small print on a picture of the Sacred Heart? It’s a splendid piece of Baroque imagery which became a visual shorthand for Irish Catholicism. Below the image of Christ, with his heart aflame, is the commitment the family makes on having the image enthroned in the home: “We accept in their entirety the Commandments of God and of His Holy Church; we express our horror at the sacrilegious violation of His Sovereign Rights by individuals, by families and by nations; we condemn all attacks upon the holy laws of Christian marriage, and finally we submit with our whole heart and mind to the aut
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