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Pope said to thank Maltese bishops for guidelines on Amoris Laetitia

April 06, 2017

Pope Francis has reportedly thanked the bishops of Malta for their guidelines on the implementation of Amoris Laetitia.

According to a local source, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the secretary-general of the Synod of Bishops, wrote to the Maltese bishops on the Pope’s behalf, applauding them for the guidelines—in which the bishops said that Catholics who are divorced and remarried may receive Communion after consulting with a priest.

The report, if accurate, would parallel a previous case in which the Pope congratulated bishops in Argentina for their interpretation of the apostolic exhortation. In that case, too, the Argentine bishops had said that Amoris Laetitia allowed for divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion.

 
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  • Posted by: feedback - Apr. 07, 2017 12:02 PM ET USA

    The enthusiasts of AL (perhaps we could call them Laetitians, since Amorites is already taken?) preach unlimited respect for the conscience. But I'm wondering if they will have any respect for the conscience of the priest who is to consult civilly re-married couples? I know very many Catholic priests who in their good conscience would not greenlight receiving Holy Communion by divorced and civilly re-married Catholics.

  • Posted by: ALC - Apr. 06, 2017 6:52 PM ET USA

    So, for a second time Pope Francis has reinforced the most lax interpretation of the document, which goes against all previous teachings and doctrine. I guess this is his answer to the dubia.