Remarried couples should abstain from sex, Philadelphia Catholic church says

By Aliyah Frumin | 6 July 2016
NBC News

“Often cohabiting couples refrain from making final commitments because one or both persons is seriously lacking in maturity or has other significant obstacles to entering a valid union. Here, prudence plays a vital role. Where one or another person is not capable of, or is not willing to commit to, a marriage, the pastor should urge them to separate,” Archbishop Charles Chaput also wrote. (Credit: YouTube / screengrab)

The head of the Philadelphia Archdiocese says gay, divorced and remarried Catholics can receive the sacrament of Communion — as long as they don’t have sex.

“Live as brother and sister,” Archbishop Charles Chaput wrote in a seven-page guideline that was released July 1.

Titled “Pastoral Guidelines for Implementing Amoris Laetitia,” it also states that gay Catholics should not be allowed to hold “positions of responsibility” in the parish.

“It’s important to remember that some same-sex couples do live together in chaste friendship and without sexual intimacy, and many pastors have had the experience of counseling such couples,” says the guidelines. “But two persons in an active, public same-sex relationship, no matter how sincere, offer a serious counter-witness to Catholic belief, which can only produce moral confusion in the community,” it later adds.

The rules stand in stark contrast to Pope Francis’ document, “Joy of Love,” that was released in April and addressed issues including divorce and homosexuality. Francis took a softer approach, encouraging priests to show “pastoral discernment” to civilly remarried Catholics who want to receive Communion. Like Chaput, Francis spoke against gay marriage, but also called for an end to “unjust discrimination” against homosexuals.

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  1. This would be hilarious if there weren't so many Catholics(& some Protestants too!)who actually BELIEVE this horseshit! What I call the 'Big 3' religions > Christianity, Judaism and Islam…their DOGMA are what is so horribly destructive in people's lives generation after generation. I know there are at least gentler interpretations of Christianity(Bible), for ex., Unitarian/Universalist churches and especially A Course In Miracles, that are truly blessings(& a breath of fresh air)for believers in God.

  2. These bunch of ultra conservatives were all appointed by Pope Benedict.
    No, they are not conservatives, they are just repeating the conservative points, hoping to become famous and become a possible candidate for the papacy.
    It takes no brains to bark, it doesn't mean they believe or practice what they preach!

  3. Oh . . . right . . .
    The same church that has harbored legions of pedophiles and perverts in their ranks for decades wants to advise married people on their sex lives.
    Of course, makes perfect sense, right?
    You couldn't make this bizarre BS up . . . it would be too ridiculous

  4. I was placed in Saint Gabriels hall in the 60’s. I was beaten with a modified badeball bat on my buttocks. I was sexually and physically abused by christian brothers and priest and students that became priests. I have counseling for the sexual abuse paid for by the diocese of Philadelphia. I have filed a lawsuit against the diocese but they act like they do not care all the pain and torture i went through. Oh give me counseling and forget about me. I files in federal court for compensation. My life was ruin by the abuse.


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