Pope Francis has reportedly accepted an interpretation of the Amoris Laetitia which allows the divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to partake in the Holy Communion in certain instances, a move which has generated controversy over its contradiction with the Code of Canon Law.
In a Papal Rescript that was recently released by the Vatican in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Pope Francis affirmed that the controversial interpretation of the Amoris Laetitia was now "authentic Magisterium." A letter he wrote on Sept. 5, 2016 to Bishop Sergio Alfredo Fenoy of the Buenos Aires Pastoral Region of the Bishops' Conference of Argentina about the issue was also elevated to that level, Church Militant confirmed.
"The document is very good and completely explains the meaning of Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia," said Pope Francis in the letter. "There are no other interpretations."
Experts told the Church Militant that the elevation of the documents to "authentic Magisterium" level had big implications for the Church as it opened the Holy Communion to some individuals engaged in sexual relations despite their invalid unions. They also shared with the publication that the move was troubling, considering that the issue involved categorizing doctrines on Catholic faith and morals.
Last month, Pope Francis delivered a message based on his apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, which highlighted the importance of family. He said the future of the Catholic Church and of the rest of the world depends on the "good of the family," Catholic News Agency reported.
The pontiff also discussed instances wherein "arduous choices" were required in marriages and in the family. When it came to these situations, he said spouses need divine grace to strengthen their marital love.
On Oct. 28, Pope Francis said a family ought to value diversity while binding its members in unity at the same time. He also described the family as "the harmonious union" of a man and a woman despite their differences