- Feb 23, 2020
Typical pastors reading ‘Amoris’ are likely to stumble into accepting its central flaw, namely, assuming that an individual Catholic’s assessment of his or her own conscience is the sole criterion that governs a minister’s decision to give holy Communion to a member of the faithful.
Although a recently published set of guidelines for implementing Pope Francis’s document on the family in Argentina may have been only preliminary, the pontiff appears to have endorsed their main conclusion, which is that Amoris Laetitia opened the door to Communion for the divorced and remarried.
In early July, three separate statements by senior Catholic prelates on the implications of Pope Francis’ recent document on the family, Amoris Laetitia, indicate that the debate it opened, especially on Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, is far from resolved.
Catholics in San Diego, the bishop wants to hear about your family life. Bishop Robert McElroy announced Wednesday he will host a diocesan-wide Synod on the Family, inspired by two summits of bishops in Rome in 2014 and 2015 that culminated last month with the release of “Amoris Laetitia,” Pope
Spaemann says neither the Church nor the pope have the authority to approve “disordered sexual relationships,” including divorce and civil remarriage, through access to the sacraments.
[Editor’s Note: Since release of Pope Francis’ document on the family, Amoris Laetitia, many have wondered what his cautious opening on Communion for the divorced and remarried will mean in practice. Here, Italian Monsignor Fausto Gilardi reflects on the experience in the Cathedral of Milan, among the largest and most influential