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Vatican official says divorced/remarried may be lectors, godparents

March 05, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano, Italy—who doubles as secretary of the Council of Cardinals—has said that Catholics who are divorced and remarried are eligible to serve as religious-education instructors, lectors, parish-council members, and godparents. In guidelines of the implementation of Amoris Laetitia in his diocese, Bishop Semeraro stressed that the key to the pastoral care of divorced/remarried Catholics is “accompaniment and discernment.”

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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Mar. 06, 2018 11:17 PM ET USA

    Read full comments of this rather misleading bishop. He also includes allowing divorced and remarried without annulment to teach CCD. How will person answer question whether they are living in adultery? Will there be truth or lies? This whole episode by this bishop who is a secretary to Council of Cardinals show how far to left and the devil this Pope allowed the ship of the Church to be steered. Thank God, Jesus will put it back. Remember His Church is built on rock and evil shall not prevail.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 06, 2018 1:32 PM ET USA

    This article is particularly amusing to me in that last week I sent out the 2nd reminder of the canonical qualifications for a sponsor. The juridical qualifications, beyond having been confirmed and of age, include a statement from the sponsor's pastor attesting to his belief that the sponsor "leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on" (Can. 874). Can. 892: "The sponsor is to take care that the confirmed person behaves as a true witness of Christ and faithfully fulfills"