Communion at a Catholic wedding.

Communion at a Catholic wedding.

Last week, Pope Francis made remarks reinforcing that divorced Catholics who remarry – and their children – are not excommunicated from the Church. Though no doctrinal change accompanied the his words – the divorced and their spouses still may not receive communion – they are of a piece with his prior thoughts on moral ambiguities. We consider whether this marks a change from his predecessors, or if the messenger is really what’s generating buzz.


  • Melissa Moschella Assistant professor of philosophy, The Catholic University of America


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