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Archbishop says Church must minister to remarried Catholics

A French archbishop has said the church has a duty to minister to Catholics in second marriages who wish to "give God his place" in their new union even though they cannot receive the Eucharist.

Archbishop Francois Garnier of Cambrai said that, if the new couple "appear established on solid foundations, we can agree to respond to their request for prayers, especially if this will be the point of departure ... for a Christian life."

Writing in the June archdiocesan monthly magazine, the archbishop said the Catholic Church had a "duty in conscience" to address couples wishing to "give God his place" after remarrying.

"We must respect the new project of couples whose wish to succeed is even greater after a previous failure," Archbishop Garnier said.

Catholic News Service

Archbishop François Charles Garnier (

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11 Jul 2003