Catholic Culture Liturgical Living
Catholic Culture Liturgical Living

Another clue as to how the Pope is thinking about Communion for divorced/remarried

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Nov 16, 2015

If you’re still wondering how Pope Francis will answer the question of divorced/remarried Catholics receiving Communion, take careful note of what he told a Lutheran woman who wants to share Communion with her husband. “Speak with the Lord and go ahead. I dare not say any more.”

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

Sound Off! supporters weigh in.

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

  • Posted by: Reuben Slife - Nov. 16, 2015 7:20 PM ET USA

    You have certainly misinterpreted him. The question he was asked was "What can we [Catholic & Lutherans] do on this point to finally attain communion?" He responded as he often does: we must walk together and live out the effects of our common baptism. "Go ahead" probably ought to be translated "go onwards." There's no way, in the context, he was encouraging intercommunion. The translations seem a bit garbled, true; but a close reading won't lead to your conclusion.