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Argentine pastoral letter: 'Accompaniment' in marriage must be faithful

Aug 30, 2017

By Carl Bunderson

A pastoral letter on Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia by Bishop Pedro Daniel Martinez Perea of San Luis, Argentina... Read more

Spanish bishop interprets Amoris Laetitia through 'the preceding Magisterium'

Mar 30, 2017

A Spanish bishop last week published criteria for the accompaniment of the divorced-and-remarried, inviting them to a “catechumenal itinerary” by... Read more

Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, speaks at a Vatican press conference Sept. 8, 2015.

Vatican's top legal aide says divorced-and-remarried may receive Communion

Feb 14, 2017

By Elise Harris

The head of the Vatican office charged with interpreting Church law has said that divorced-and-remarried persons who want to change... Read more

Marriage is holy: A Swiss bishop publishes 9 points on 'Amoris laetitia'

Feb 3, 2017

Referring extensively to Pope Francis' writing in Amoris laetitia, a Swiss bishop on Thursday gave direction on how to implement... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the bishops of Germany during their ad limina visit to the Vatican, Nov. 20, 2015.

German bishops say the divorced-and-remarried may receive Communion

Feb 1, 2017

By Elise Harris

The German bishops have published their own guidelines on Amoris laetitia allowing, in certain cases, for divorced-and-remarried Catholics to receive... Read more

Let's not misuse Pope Francis' plan for Christian marriage, bishop urges

Jan 17, 2017

Pope Francis’ teaching on marriage aims to help people in difficult family situations without departing from the broader context of... Read more

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Cardinal Mueller: There's no problem with doctrine in 'Amoris laetitia'

Jan 9, 2017

By Elise Harris

The Vatican’s doctrinal head has challenged several cardinals' public questioning of the doctrinal validity of Amoris laetitia, saying the document... Read more

Bishop Conley distributes Communion during his Mass of Installation as Bishop of Lincoln, Nov. 20, 2012.

Bishop Conley reassures clergy over 'Amoris laetitia'

Dec 9, 2016

Clarity and renewal can be the fruit of disputes and disagreements, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln said to his priests... Read more

Cardinal Walter Kasper, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, at the Vatican in April 2015.

For Cardinal Kasper, 'Amoris laetitia' allows new pastoral practices

Oct 28, 2016

In a recent article for a German journal, Cardinal Walter Kasper – a protagonist for the admission of the divorced-and-remarried... Read more

Cardinal Marc Ouellet takes part in the Pontifical Council for Culture's Plenary Assembly on Women's Cultures in Rome on Feb. 6, 2015.

Vatican cardinal calls Amoris Laetitia a controversial document

Aug 3, 2016

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, said in Toronto that Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family,... Read more

A newly married couple receive Communion in St. Peter's Basilica, Sept. 14, 2014.

Bishop Paprocki: Don't be misled, Archbishop Chaput got it right on marriage

Jul 19, 2016

Some news reports got it wrong: Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput’s guidelines on Holy Communion and divorce-and-remarriage were “certainly correct” and... Read more

Pope Francis greets Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, June 24, 2015.

Archbishop Chaput: Pope Francis shows continuity on divorce, remarriage

Jul 7, 2016

Pope Francis’ teaching on divorce-and-remarriage and the sacraments represents Catholic tradition and shows the way forward for engaging those who... Read more

A pilgrim prays the rosary in St. Peter's Square before the General Audience, Oct. 19, 2014.

Cardinal Müller: Can't receive Communion? You can still participate in Church's life

Mar 3, 2016

A focus on the reception of Holy Communion by the divorced-and-remarried misses the larger point of pastoral care: participation in... Read more