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English bishop sees ‘growing problem’ in discord over Amoris Laetitia, asks prayers

February 08, 2017

An English bishop has asked for prayers for the Church because of the “growing problem” arising from different interpretations of Amoris Laetitia.

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth revealed that in discussion with the Council of Priests in his diocese, the question arose whether pastors should be guided by their bishop or by the Pope. He replied: “I’d say both!”

The bishop admitted, however, that “there’s a growing problem” because of disagreements over the Amoris Laetitia. He recommended: “let’s pray for the Church.”

Bishop Egan has stated flatly that the papal document does not allow for divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion—a reading that conflicts with the guidelines issued by other bishops.


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 08, 2017 11:20 PM ET USA

    It's not like the Church doesn't have enough trouble on its plate. Why do we need the fostering of further division by the parallel fundamental transformation of the Church by Pope Francis? At least in the U.S. we are finally fighting back against the fundamental transformation that was being imposed on us for the last 8 years. The limits of obedience are approaching the breaking point.

  • Posted by: feedback - Feb. 08, 2017 10:56 PM ET USA

    It really takes very basic knowledge of the Faith and very basic intellectual honesty to see a problem with Amoris Laetitia. Thank God for faithful Bishops and priests.

  • Posted by: Travelling - Feb. 08, 2017 7:00 PM ET USA

    When I saw the headline I knew this statement had to be from either Bishop Egan or Bishop Mark Davies. They are both superb defenders of the Truth.