Synod Looks At Remarried Catholics

Cardinals Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Walter Kasper, retired president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

Cardinal Walter Kasper of Germany, the author of a controversial proposal to make it easier for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion, said on Oct. 1 that he believes Pope Francis backs the measure but would not apply it without support from the bishops at the upcoming synods on the family. “I had the impression the pope is open for a responsible, limited opening of the situation, but he wants a great majority of the bishops behind himself. He does not like division within the church and the collegiality of bishops,” the cardinal said. The special bishops’ synod on the family is scheduled to begin Oct. 5 and conclude on Oct. 19. The issue is sure to be one of the most discussed at the synod, which will prepare the agenda for a larger world synod in October 2015. The later gathering will make recommendations to the pope, who will make the final decision on any change.

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