Pope Francis and Communion for the Remarried

I wrote and published this in early June, before the readership on this website exploded. I think it might be useful given some current controversies.

The Next Right Step

francis and familiesPope Francis has surely been a sign of contradiction. Leftists were first enthused, thinking his passion for social justice meant he was one of them. Now they are dismayed to discover he insists on social justice for the unborn and other powerless undesirables they would rather discard. The ideological right is ever vigilant, seeking out evidence incipient socialist, collectivist tendencies in his comments. What to do with a pope who insists that the eternal verities are, indeed, both eternal and true while insisting with equal vigor that man was not made for the Sabbath, but the Sabbath for man? We could try listening, rather than judging everything he says through our own a priori set of assumptions.

The sacramental institution of marriage is one of the things Pope Francis has weighed in on that has sent both the left and the right into unwarranted tizzies. The pope is reported to…

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Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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6 Responses to Pope Francis and Communion for the Remarried

  1. Irish7 says:

    Wonderful analysis of this issue. Thank you. I just read Card. Dolan’s statement on the parade. Your thoughts?


  2. Janet says:

    Well said as usual Charlie. Here is another insightful article on the subject of the Holy Father’s emphasis on mercy in relation to those whose marriages have failed: http://spiritdaily.com/A919moynihan.htm


  3. Jennifer says:

    God has always raised up His faithful servants to defend the prevailing errors of the day. I see Pope Francis’ election as a clear sign from the Lord of what it means to be Catholic. Neither the “left” nor the “right” can claim Pope Francis. Neither side is enthralled with him now, either. And I think that’s great. He shows us what it is to be Catholic, not “liberal”, not “conservative”. Thanks be to God.


  4. Kati says:

    Cardinal Burke has stated that the media is attempting to hijack the Synod: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/cardinal-burke-media-hijacking-synod-on-the-family-79760
    From the article: “In particular, he told CNA in a recent interview, the media has been presenting Pope Francis as being in favor of allowing Holy Communion to be distributed to those who are divorced and remarried, and other such propositions, even though this is not the case.”

    Thank you. Dear Lord, for using Cardinal Burke in the best possible ways for the benefit of your Church and for your glory!!!!


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