Nick Squires telegraph.co.uk Pope Francis reportedly told a woman “living in sin” with a divorced man that she is free to take Holy Communion, in what appears to be a significant departure from Catholic teaching.
Jacqui Lisbona, who is from the Pope’s homeland of Argentina, wrote to the Jesuit pontiff to tell him that she had been refused Communion by her local priest, who objected to the fact that she was married to a previously divorced man.
Prohibited from marrying in church, they had instead opted for a civil ceremony.
“[The priest] told me that every time I went home, I was going back to living in sin,” she said.
In her letter, Mrs Lisbona, who has two teenage daughters with her current husband after 19 years of marriage, said she was worried that if she did take Communion – perhaps in a church where she was not known to the priest - she would be “violating Church rules”.
The Pope, who since being elected 13 months ago has established a reputation for phoning ordinary Catholics out of the blue in response to letters they have sent, called her at her home in the central region of Santa Fe on Easter Monday. He reportedly told her: “A divorcee who takes communion is not doing anything wrong.” In a rebuke to the local priest who refused her the Sacrament, he added: “There are some priests who are more papist than the Pope.” When asked whether the remarks attributed to the Pope were correct, a Vatican spokesman told The Telegraph: “We would neither confirm nor deny that - this was a private telephone call made by the Holy Father and we would not divulge the details.” to read more: telegraph.co.uk
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