Pope: ‘By No Means Excommunicated,’ but Divorce and Remarriage Contradicts the Sacrament

by ANN SCNEIBLE/CNA/EWTN NEWS  |  published on August 5, 2015

VATICAN CITY — Echoing his predecessors on the need to care for divorced and remarried persons, Pope Francis said Christians should help these persons integrate into the community rather than treating them as though they are excommunicated.

“The Church well knows that such a situation contradicts the Christian sacrament,” the Pope said in his Aug. 5 general audience at St. Peter’s Square. Nonetheless, he added, the Church should always approach such situations with a “mother’s heart; a heart, which, animated by the Holy Spirit, seeks always the good and the salvation of the person.”

“It is important that they experience the Church as a mother attentive to all, always disposed to listen in encounters.”

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