Vatican Reaffirms Teaching on Divorced and Remarried Catholics

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Despite hopes for an immediate change, the Vatican’s chief official for doctrine this week reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s traditional teaching banning communion for divorced Catholics who remarry. In an article for the Vatican newspaper, Archbishop Gerhard Mueller said those Catholics may receive communion only if their previous marriage is annulled. Pope Francis had recently called for more compassion toward divorced Catholics. He suggested that an upcoming meeting of bishops may discuss the communion issue.