“Nothing changed”

In the discussion about the interpretation of the Pope's letter "Amoris laetitia" regarding remarried divorcees, Poland's bishops have made a decision. They see no new opportunities for receiving communion.

The Church's teaching has "not changed" in the case of Holy Communion for people living in non-sacramental relationships, said Bishops' Conference spokesman Pawel Rytel-Andrianik after the conclusion of the plenary meeting Wednesday evening in Zakopane, southern Poland.

Catholics in such relationships should be led to "true conversion and reconciliation with their spouse and the children of that union," bishops stress in statement.

Echoing Pope's letter "Familiaris consortio"

In it, they remind those affected of Pope John Paul II's 1981 letter "Familiaris consortio". (1978-2005). This admits remarried Catholics to the sacraments only if they profess to live together as brothers and sisters, that is, without sexual intercourse.

Pope Francis' April 2016 letter "Amoris laetitia" on marriage and the family addresses the integration of people living in non-sacramental relationships, the bishops added. At their fall plenary session, they plan to again discuss "guidelines" for pastoral care of couples and families. These are also to explain the ecclesiastical accompaniment of remarried divorcees concretely.

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