Archbishop Kurtz hopes synod's final report will 'refine and clarify'

VATICAN CITY - Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, said he hoped the final report of the Synod of Bishops on the family would improve on the assembly's midterm report in celebrating exemplary families, encouraging missionary outreach and emphasizing that the church's pastoral efforts must be grounded in Scripture and Catholic teaching.

Family synod midterm report stirs controversy among bishops

VATICAN CITY - The official midterm report from the Synod of Bishops, which uses strikingly conciliatory language toward divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples and same-sex unions, has proven highly controversial inside and outside the synod hall, with some synod fathers saying it does not accurately reflect the assembly's views.

Family synod midterm report: Welcome gays, nonmarital unions

VATICAN CITY - In strikingly conciliatory language on situations contrary to Catholic teaching, an official midterm report from the Synod of Bishops on the family emphasized calls for greater acceptance and appreciation of divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples and homosexuals.

Can divorced Catholics receive Communion?

The issue of divorce can be a source of confusion and pain for many Catholics

By Father Cal Christiansen

Q: My husband and I recently divorced after 23 years of marriage. After being married in the Catholic Church our relationship started out strong, but as the years went by we became estranged and lived as strangers in the same house. We decided to divorce each other last year. I heard that the church teaches that divorced Catholics should not receive Communion. Is this true?

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