Pope says Church should embrace the divorced and remarried

Family Law|August 9th 2015

Pope Francis has called for the Catholic Church to accept and welcome divorced and remarried people, promising a Church of “no closed doors”.

In a recent ‘General Audience’ speech at the Vatican, the Pope encouraged a relaxing of the Church’s stance on members who remarry, stating that they “are not at all excommunicated, and they absolutely must not be treated that way”.

Catholics who divorce and remarry are currently banned from receiving communion, and the Church considers remarried spouses “in a situation of public and permanent adultery”.

The Pope’s speech was one of a series concerning his wider vision for a more inclusive Catholic Church.

Although Francis has not yet called for the ban on taking communion to be lifted, he is expected to raise the general issue of the Church’s attitude toward remarriage at his Synod on the Family in October.

The Pope drew particular attention to welcoming children whose parents are divorced:

“We must not add more weight to what children in these situations already have to bear.”

The Catholic Church prohibits the children of remarried couples from being baptized.

 Image by Lucid Nightmare via Flickr

Author: Stowe Family Law

Comments(3)

  1. Luke says:

    “In a recent ‘General Audience’ speech at the Vatican, the Pope encouraged a relaxing of the Church’s stance on members who remarry, stating that they “are not at all excommunicated, and they absolutely must not be treated that way”.”
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    It just shows you how arbitrary & silly & nasty such religions can be.
    For centuries the Roman Catholic church has been ruining the lives of people who remarry by cutting them off from their religion and their community – but now that it can see that that this course of action in the 21st century is actually harming THEM and reducing their power as much as harming the individuals, they suddenly do a volte-face !
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    Still, fortunately most Roman Catholics seem to operate a pick and mix style and basically ignore the rules they don’t like – for instance all the Roman Catholic marriages that I know of have 0-3 children – it’s almost miraculous 🙂

  2. Arthur Kitchener says:

    I was delighted the Pope has opened the Doors for Divorced people to receive communion. I came in to the church 6 years ago after I felt the power of Jesus working in my life after saying a quick prayer in Mount Carmel church in the Bronx to meet Dion.

    5 months later my prayer was granted and since that we have became friends and my music career has spiraled.

    I think its about time that Priests should be allowed to marry. With Priests coming across from the church of England this option should be open to every Priest.
    arthurkay.co.uk

  3. Andrew says:

    An elderly bachelor, elected by a committee of elderly bachelors, assisted by a staff of bachelors ranging from young to even older than the presiding bachelor . . . it’s a rather limited range of experience, isn’t it?

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