“American Cardinal Blase Cupich has written a glowing introduction to the English translation of a high-ranking Vatican prelate’s new book that calls for Holy Communion to be given to civilly-divorced-and-remarried Catholics living in adultery as well as to cohabiting Catholics.
Cupich, the Archbishop of Chicago, states that Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio’s new book titled A Commentary on Chapter Eight of Amoris Laetitia ‘fully complies with traditional Church teaching on marriage but is also in conformity with accepted standards of a pastoral approach that is positive and constructive.’
‘His exegesis of the document’s treatment of the subjective conditions of conscience and the role of pastoral discernment highlights the real-life circumstances people face, and the mitigating factors which must be taken into consideration,’ Cupich said…
The book was published in English last month by Paulist Press. It was originally published in Italian by the Vatican’s own publishing house in February.
Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legal Texts, argues in his book that Amoris Laetitia ‘could allow access to Penance and the Eucharist for the faithful who find themselves in an irregular union.’ He explains ‘irregular union’ applies to ‘all those who are married only civilly or living with a de facto union or tied to a previous canonical marriage.’
He argues that Amoris Laetitia allows for Catholic couples regularly committing acts of adultery to only have a ‘desire to change and the inability to do so’ in order to receive Holy Communion.”