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By Fr. Alexander Wiseman, LifeSite News, February 25, 2023

On March 19, 2016, the release of the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia (AL)1 threw the Catholic world into confusion. One of the main questions which the document raised concerned giving Holy Communion to those who had been civilly divorced and had attempted remarriage. According to the Church’s clear moral teaching, such persons would be living in a state of sin. To the extent that they are living in that state publicly, they would normally be considered as public sinners and therefore refused Holy Communion. AL seems to open up the question, however, and make it possible, under certain circumstances, for these persons to present themselves for communion and receive Our Lord’s body.

The doubts surrounding what the document actually means drove a group of theologians to submit a study of it privately to the College of Cardinals.  …

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