Pope Francis: divorced & remarried are ‘by no means excommunicated’ and must be welcomed

An interesting decision by the Pope, following the Catholic view of welcoming everybody, no matter marital status.

Catholic Voices Comment

Pope Francis at today's General Audience Pope Francis at today’s General Audience

[Austen Ivereigh] In his first General Audience for a month, Pope Francis today stressed the importance of including and welcoming Catholics who have divorced and entered a second union, making clear that they are “by no means excommunicated”.

Although such second unions “are contrary to the Sacrament of marriage”, he said that the Church “seeks the good and salvation of all her children”, adding that it was urgent “to foster a true welcome for these families in our communities”, not least because such situations “especially affect children”.

“If then we look at these new bonds also with the eyes of small children … with the eyes of children, we see again the urgency to grow in our communities a real welcoming towards people that live in such situations,” Francis said in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.

In remarks added to the official text of his catechesis (see CNS

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