Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the archbishop of Westminster, has said that he could now envisage a "demanding penitential pathway" by which divorced and remarried Catholics could eventually be allowed to receive Communion.
Before leaving for the Synod on the Family, Cardinal Nichols said he could not see how the ban could be lifted without changing the Church's doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage.
The cardinal also denied there were deep divisions had surfaced among the Synod Fathers over the mid-term relatio which suggested radical changes in the Church's pastoral approach to gay men and women, divorced and remarried and cohabiting couples.
In an interview with Elena Curti in the garden of the English College in Rome on Friday, Cardinal Nichols talked about his very positive experience of participating in one of ten small groups that agreed amendments to the relatio this week.
Listen to the interview here.