Guidelines letting divorced and remarried Catholics receive Eucharist ‘must be withdrawn’: Vatican

Following last month’s article correcting and clarifying Catholic teaching on the subject, the head of the Vatican’s doctrinal office has told a German diocese that they must rescind and rewrite a draft protocol allowing divorced and remarried couples to receive Holy Communion.

A letter, written in consultation and with approval from Pope Francis, by Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig M-ller, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, (CDF) said that guidelines issued by the archdiocese of Freiburg “for the pastoral care of separated, divorced and civilly remarried people” must be “withdrawn and revised, so that no pastoral directions are sanctioned which are in opposition to Church teaching.”

Catholics who have divorced and remarried civilly, must be offered “support” but cannot be admitted to Holy Communion, the letter said.