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Vatican     HOLY SEE SAYS NO CHANGE ON COMMUNION PROHIBITION FOR DIVORCED
In an official declaration of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative texts, the Holy See has reminded divorced Catholics who have remarried that they cannot receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
    "This is to safeguard the sacraments of the Eucharist and Matrimony, instituted by Christ for the sanctification of the faithful and the salvation of the world," according to Bishop Julian Herranz, president of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts.
    Bishop Herranz said the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts has had to remind the faithful again about this doctrine, given the number of consultations the Council, and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, have received.
    Bishop Herranz said that, at a time when divorce has become a custom, some authors interpret the Church's documents in a way that results in a loss of the awareness of the gravity of the matter, which is then no longer a source of scandal for the people. As a result, communion by the divorced who have remarried seems acceptable.
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10/7/00



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