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Florence archdiocese: no change in policy on Communion for divorced/remarried

October 14, 2016

The Archdiocese of Florence, Italy has instucted priests to uphold the traditional teaching that Catholics who are divorced and remarried cannot receive Communion, except in cases when they agree to live as brother and sister.

The guidelines for implementing Amoris Laetitia in Florence were set down by Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, the former president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, with the approval of the city’s archbishop, Cardinal Giuseppe Betori.

The policy in Florence differs from that in the Diocese of Rome, where Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the Pope’s vicar for the city, has said that in unsual cases a confessor may authorize divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion if living in sexual continence would be “difficult to practice for the stability of the couple.”


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  • Posted by: feedback - Oct. 15, 2016 12:09 AM ET USA

    This involves the Church's most basic and constant teachings on the Sacraments of Eucharist and Marriage, as well as Christian morality. There was no need for any "special instructions" or local "interpretations" before Amoris. I love Pope Francis but he needs to change his advisors (if he has any) ASAP. On the other hand, thank God for all the faithful and outspoken Catholic Bishops.

  • Posted by: Faustina01 - Oct. 15, 2016 12:06 AM ET USA

    After 2,000+ years, there should be NO confusion over Communion.

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Oct. 14, 2016 10:18 PM ET USA

    Florence gets it right; Rome gets it wrong. If the quoted phrase constitutes an example of an unusual case, it's usually the case!

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Oct. 14, 2016 10:16 PM ET USA

    Are battle lines being drawn? Seems as if we are getting a "messy" Church where things are "mixed up." A "field hospital" for those who disagree with apparent changes in doctrines, rules, and rigidity.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Oct. 14, 2016 7:11 PM ET USA

    The confusion caused by this Pope amongst us all is sad.