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Disputed readings after release of final synod document

29 October 2015 | by Christopher Lamb

Cardinals have given contrasting interpretations of the final Synod on the Family document, in particular on whether it offers an opening on Communion for remarried divorcees. The two-year process culminated in a 94-paragraph document published last Saturday which included a “path of discernment” and an “internal forum” for the divorced and remarried which some priests and bishops already use to determine whether a person can be readmitted to the sacraments. The document did not, however, give a definitive answer on the question. Cardinal Walter Kasper, who has made proposals for a way back to Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics, told the Italian daily Il Giornale: “The door has been opened to the possibility of the divorced and remarried bein

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