In the pope’s diocese, the divorced and remarried can receive communion, in other Italian dioceses no. Because every bishop is deciding as he wishes. A manual by Cardinal Antonelli for confessors who want to remain faithful to perennial doctrine
by Sandro Magister
ROME, October 14, 2016 – Pope Francis has said plainly right from the first lines of “Amoris Laetitia” that “unity of teaching and practice is certainly necessary in the Church, but this does not preclude various ways of interpreting some aspects of that teaching or drawing certain consequences from it.”
And therefore “each country or region can seek solutions better suited to its culture and sensitive to its traditions and local needs.”
In fact this is precisely what is happening, before the eyes of all. In every region, each diocese and parish is applying “Amoris Laetitia” as it sees fit.
In Rome for example, the diocese of the pope, cardinal vicar Agostino Vallini has established – with the approval of his direct superior – that the divorced and remarried can receive communion, with the authorization of their confessor, even if they are not living “in continence,” meaning as brother and sister, “if this decision is difficult to practice for the stability of the couple”:
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