Sacraments for the Divorced and Remarried

Catholic Sensibility

People have been hyperventilating about Pope Francis not judging gays of good will, but I thought the most heartening comment from his informal presser touched on the issue of many of my friends and parishioners.

Apparently, this is not a settled matter:

This is an ongoing issue. I think this is the time to show mercy. Times have changed and the Church faces many problems, partly because of the negative testimonies of certain priests. Clericalism has caused a lot of wounds and these wounds need to be healed with mercy. The Church is a mother and in the Church we need to be merciful towards everyone.

Most priests I know are sincerely compassionate to divorced believers. They also see couples who marry who are, let’s say, on the edge of having a successful marriage, but who are not there. And some never get there. Two things struck me in the…

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