Die Zeit spoke with Cardinal Woelki of Berline, at 55 the world’s youngest cardinal, about several current issues. When asked about Communion for the divorced and remarried, he answered as follows.
ZEIT: Do you give Holy Communion to remarried people?
Woelki: (hesitates) As a rule, as bishop I don’t know the real-life situation of the individual standing before me.
ZEIT: But do you give Communion to the remarried?
Woelki: As priest, my starting point for anyone who asks Communion of me is that they do so with a pure heart. I don’t want to lose sight of those who strive to live by the Church’s teachings, and in recognition of the breakdown of their marriage do no receive Communion. In this way they gave a strong witness to their faith.