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Abp. Gänswein: Pope will not change teaching on Communion for married/divorced

March 21, 2016

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the prefect of the pontifical household, has repeated his prediction that Pope Francis will uphold the Church's teaching that divorced-and-remarried Catholics cannot receive Communion.

In an interview with Deutsche Welle, Archbishop Gänswein remarked that in his document summarizing the work of the Synod on the Family, the Pope will undoubtedly address the question of pastoral care for the divorced and remarried. This is a difficult question, he said, but it is "not the first time" a Pope has addressed it. (The German prelate was evidently referring to the work of Pope Benedict XVI, for whom Archbishop Gänswein has served as private secretary.) He said that he was fully confident Pope Francis "will continue on the path of his predecessors." 

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  • Posted by: filioque - Mar. 21, 2016 11:23 PM ET USA

    Apparently the misgivings about this Pope have penetrated the Vatican. The headline really means "The Pope Is Catholic!" We shall see.

  • Posted by: unum - Mar. 21, 2016 7:22 PM ET USA

    If the Vatican cut media interviews (authorized and unauthorized) by 50 % and increased outreach to the laity on their questions and concerns by 50%, we might be moving toward the kind of Church God intended.