A synod of bishops has been meeting at the Vatican discussing “the family” and possible changes to Roman Catholic practice, including being more welcoming to gays and allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion. The meeting closed on Sunday, proposing very few changes to church teaching. It affirmed that there is no basis for same-sex marriage and allowed for a very restrictive process that might allow some divorced Catholics, on a case-by-case basis, to receive the Sacrament.
The Pope expressed anger that so little, in his view, was accomplished, accusing conservative bishops of having “closed hearts.”
After the jump, excerpts from two stories: One includes the reasons why divorced and remarried Catholics are excluded from the Sacrament (they commit a mortal sin every time they have sex an example of Catholic sin-counting that figured in the Reformation). The other gives the reaction of Pope Francis, who theoretically could make changes on his own authority. [Read more...]