Poland Bishops Call For Compassion, Healing And Encouragement For Divorced And Remarried Catholics


Poland’s bishops have released new guidelines on Pope Francis’ marriage and family life document calling for compassion, healing and encouragement for divorced and remarried Catholics.

The document, aimed at putting “Amoris Laetitia” into practice, avoids the question of whether the remarried can receive communion but calls for the buzzwords of Francis’ text - acceptance, accompaniment, discernment and integration - to be incorporated into family ministry.

This marks a shift from an earlier draft of the Polish bishops’ document which stated that divorced and remarried Catholics could not receive the sacraments because their “condition of life objectively contradict that union of love between Christ and the Church which is signified and effected by the Eucharist”.

It also marks a different tone to that of Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, the President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, who two years ago argued the matter “cannot be solved in a confessional box in two minutes or even a couple of years” and that those in second unions could not be admitted to communion.

Amoris Laetitia, written by the Pope after two years of discussions and consultation with bishops and laity, offers a cautious opening to remarried Catholics being admitted to communion.

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