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Has Pope Francis just said that ‘all the divorced who ask’ will receive Holy Communion?

2 November 2015

1:12 AM

2 November 2015

1:12 AM

The aggressively traditionalist Catholic website Rorate Caeli is tonight announcing that Pope Francis has dropped a ‘bombshell’ in an interview with his favourite Italian journalist, Eugenio Scalfari of La Repubblica. Here’s a PDF of the newspaper’s article and here is Rorate Caeli’s translation of Scalfari:

It is true – Pope Francis answered – it is a truth and for that matter the family that is the basis of any society changes continuously, as all things change around us. We must not think that the family does not exist any longer, it will always exist, because ours is a social species, and the family is the support beam of sociability, but it cannot be avoided that the current family, open as you say, contains some positive aspects, and some negative ones … The diverse opinion of the bishops is part of this modernity of the Church and of the diverse societies in which she operated, but the goal is the same, and for that which regards the admission of the divorced to the Sacraments, [it] confirms that this principle has been accepted by the Synod. This is bottom line result, the de facto appraisals are entrusted to the confessors, but at the end of faster or slower paths, all the divorced who ask will be admitted.

Hard to see how else you can translate the words:

alla fine di percorsi più veloci o più lenti i divorziati che lo chiedono saranno ammessi

But as to what the Pope means – if Scalfari is reporting him accurately, which seems more likely than not – then your guess is as good as mine.


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