Pope Francis and Cardinal Fernández have responded to yet another set of dubia questions, this time from Cardinal Dominik Duka O.P., stating that Amoris Laetitia allows for divorced and ‘re-married’ individuals to receive Holy Communion.
In response to a question about whether a divorcee in a new union should be allowed Holy Communion, Francis and Fernández responded that “Amoris laetitia opens the possibility of access to the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist when, in a particular case, ‘there are limitations that mitigate responsibility and guilt.’”
Cardinal Duka’s dubia and the Vatican’s answer to it are specifically focused on Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’ controversial 2016 apostolic exhortation which Fernández is widely believed to have ghostwritten. The dubia of ten questions was submitted to the Dicastery (formerly Congregation) for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) on July 13 by Czechoslovakia’s Cardinal Dominik Duka, O.P., on behalf of the entire Czech Bishops’ Conference. (An unofficial English translation is available here.)
The response from the DDF was largely overshadowed Monday, with the day being dominated by news of the dubia submitted by five cardinals particularly regarding the Synod on Synodality.
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