Dali2The Final Report of the 2015 Synod on the Family calls for “pastoral discernment” — saying “the faithful who are divorced and civilly remarried need to be more integrated in the Christian communities…” This has been interpreted to mean that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics can receive Communion, at the discretion of local clergy.

Would not a faithful person not be divorced and civilly remarried in the first place?

How can local priests be obliged to discern situations, “for the sake of truth,” when two- thirds of synod bishops are incapable of doing so themselves?

Ultimately, people have to decide for holiness. The lives of the saints are a better guide for how to be faithful and holy than many of today’s bishops.