The brouhaha is over Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia, where the pontiff declared that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics can now receive Holy Communion. The RCC has always considered divorced/remarried Catholics to be living in a state of adultery and because adultery is a sin against God, they were not allowed to take communion. According to Jonathan Kleis of Reformissio, “A key problem is that the Pope’s own position on this issue has been ambiguous. Although last year he backed an Argentine bishops’ directive advocating support for giving Holy Communion to some remarried divorcees and, a few months ago, wrote a letter thanking Maltese bishops for their guidelines on interpreting the document, he has yet to state an official position…” So now things are starting to get ugly.
Trouble is brewing in Rome. As I wrote a while back about the fractures developing in the foundation of the Catholic Church over the interpretation of Pope Francis’s Amoris Laetitia, the situation has only become worse. Not only have requests for clarification gone unheeded, but talk has now begun of “doctrinal anarchy” as regional conferences of bishops around the world have been issuing contradictory guidelines for the admission of divorcees to the sacraments. In an article posted on the National Catholic Register, Edward Pentin writes: