Understanding Amoris Laetitia

Posted on 06. Oct, 2016, in Celibacy/Sexuality, Church Teachings, Community, Gospel ValuesComments Off on Understanding Amoris Laetitia


Ever since Pope Francis released a sweeping document on the family this March, there’s been ongoing discussion regarding what the conclusion actually is for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics who, according to previous Church teaching, were barred from receiving Communion.

The bishops of the Buenos Aires region have drafted a set of guidelines meant to help local priests put Francis’s Amoris Laetitia into pastoral practice, particularly chapter eight, which makes reference to “discernment regarding the possible access to the sacraments of some of those who are divorced and in a new union.” The guidelines were approved by Pope Francis. Miriam Gormally asked David Quinn, columnist with the Irish Catholic and Irish Independent to explain more.

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