Expert: Pope Francis on Divorce

Published: 12 April 2016

"In a broad proclamation on family life, Pope Francis on Friday called for the Roman Catholic Church to be more welcoming and less judgmental, and he seemingly signaled a pastoral path for divorced and remarried Catholics to receive holy communion.'" (The New York Times)

Douglas Farrow, Professor of Christian Thought, McGill University

"All people who live in this world are imperfect. All indeed have a great need for grace and mercy. Mercy, if received, leads to repentance, and repentance to love and joy.  It's no different for the divorced and civilly remarried than for anyone else. Pope Francis simply emphasizes that the path of repentance is unique to each person."—Douglas Farrow

Professor Farrow holds the Kennedy Smith Chair in Catholic Studies.

douglas.farrow [at] (English)

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