The Law Before Amoris Is the Law After

Pope Francis blesses a family Sept. 19 during a special audience with participants at a meeting for the new evangelization in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters) See POPE-EVANGELIZATION Sept. 19, 2014.

Holy Communion is to be withheld from divorced-and-remarried Ca­tho­lics in virtue of Canon 915 which, as has been explained countless times, does not require Catholic ministers to read the souls of would-be communicants, but rather, directs ministers to withhold holy Communion from those who, as an external and observable matter, “obstinately persevere in manifest grave […]

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