Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $36,774 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Vatican official: mercy comes first in approach to divorced/remarried

Catholic World News - March 12, 2014

Looking forward to the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Family has said that the status of Catholics who are divorced and remarried “should be looked at with a merciful eye.”

“Mercy is not blind, and does not oppose the truth,” added Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia in an interview with Vatican Insider. However, he said, “mercy is the suprema lex.”

Archbishop Paglia said that the plight of poor families also called out for attention at the Synod. He added that Church leaders should address the role of the elderly, noting that although modern society has enabled people to have longer lives, it has not shown appreciation for the wisdom of the elderly.

The Vatican official said that in today’s society “the family is the first stumbling block that hinders the dictatorship of individualism.” Moreover, he said, healthy families are crucial to the health of society. “Problematic families need healthy families to give them an open and generous welcome,” he said.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($125,153 to go):
$150,000.00 $24,847.05
83% 17%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Mar. 13, 2014 4:07 PM ET USA

    Actually the salus animarum, the salvation of souls suprema lex is the supreme law. There is no mercy without the truth.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 12, 2014 11:25 PM ET USA

    Is it not merciful to keep people from descrating the Eucharist, which would bring condemnation upon themselves?

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Church Moves On, Slowly 15 hours ago
Is Cardinal Kasper losing his grip? 19 hours ago
The Pope is not the problem October 23
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. October 23
Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal October 22

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6