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African cardinal: does Amoris Laetitia open door to polygamists?

January 06, 2017

South African Cardinal WIlfrid Napier has questioned whether the logic of Amoris Laetitia suggests that polygamists should be allowed to receive Communion.

Reflecting on the papal document on his Twitter account, Cardinal Napier wrote:

If Westerners in irregular situations can receive Communion, are we to tell our polygamists & other “misfits” that they too are allowed?

The cardinal was alluding to the fact that while divorce and remarriage are now common in the Western world, polygamy has long been widespread in African societies.


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  • Posted by: Bveritas2322 - Jan. 10, 2017 1:05 AM ET USA

    Should there also be communion for any and all mortal sins? Why stop with adultery?

  • Posted by: fwhermann3492 - Jan. 09, 2017 5:58 PM ET USA

    Excellent question. In fact, that very question immediately occurred to me while I was reading AL months ago.

  • Posted by: claude-ccc2991 - Jan. 06, 2017 5:59 PM ET USA

    In fact, by placing emphasis on circumstances (which don't determine good or evil, they only increase or decrease them), and decoupling moral principle from the morality of action, and leaving the decision to subjective conscience, the entire structure of established Catholic morality is being challenged. The answer to the Cardinal's question is "yes"...after "Accompanying, Discerning and Integrating Weakness", of course.