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Archbishop Chaput weighs in on German bishops' stance on Communion for remarried

Catholic World News - March 27, 2014

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said in an interview that he is “curious” about the German bishops' stance on administering Holy Communion to those who have remarried outside the Church.

Asserting that he is “not open to changing the teachings of Christ,” Archbishop Chaput told Catholic News Service that “people who choose a state that's contrary to the teachings of Jesus are required, to be in union with the Church and Jesus, to rectify that situation."

“It really will be very important to hear what bishops from Africa and Asia say, as well as bishops from the North and the West,” he added. “I'm anxious to see how this issue is resolved, and when it is resolved, I hope the whole Church can get behind it and we won't have people continuing practices or starting practices that are contrary to the direction of the Holy See.”

Turning to the HHS mandate, Archbishop Chaput said that “I don't think there's a more important political issue in the country.”

"I hope we have the support of the Holy See on that," he continued. "We can't have a part of the Church taking one stance and another part of the Church taking another."

"The Pope can't talk about everything, so I don't know if he's going to bring this up with the president or not," Archbishop Chaput said in reference to Pope Francis's meeting with President Barack Obama. “But if he doesn't bring it up, it doesn't mean he doesn't support us. It's just that you can't talk about everything.”

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