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Vatican calls for slowdown on rush to reform

Diocese rapped for offering Communion to divorced Catholics

<p>Picture: Religion News Service</p>

Picture: Religion News Service

  • Eric J. Lyman for Religion News Service
  • Vatican City
  • October 10, 2013
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Pope Francis has earned headlines worldwide with his reform-minded comments on any number of topics, from the church being “obsessed” with divisive issues like abortion and homosexuality to the role of women in church leadership.

But Tuesday (Oct. 8), the Vatican warned churches not to get ahead of the pope and take the reform process into their own hands.

The Diocese of Freiburg in Germany recently broke ranks and said divorced and remarried Catholics could receive Communion if they were “trying to live according to their faith.”

The Vatican’s chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, warned that the diocese’s view was not one the church endorsed, and that the topic would be considered a year from now in an extraordinary session of the Synod of Bishops, which will meet at the Vatican Oct. 5-19, 2014.

It will be only the third extraordinary synod — a meeting held in addition to the usual Vatican gatherings — since Pope Paul VI reinstated the practice nearly 50 years ago.

“When people or local offices propose particular pastoral solutions, it runs the risk of generating confusion,” Lombardi said.

Full Story: Vatican urges a slowdown in the rush to reform

Source: Religion News Service

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