Many European Catholics are unsure which direction their spiritual leaders are now likely to take on key issues such as the granting of Communion to the divorced and remarried.
Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio affirmed in a new book that Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia allows divorced and remarried persons to take Communion under certain circumstances.
While prelates in Speyer and Freiburg see in Amoris Laetitia a path to the sacraments for the divorced, doctrinal chief Cardinal Müller reiterates no exceptions to Catholic marriage's indissolubility.
NCR Today: A group of 23 academics have issued a statement of support for the four cardinals openly challenging Pope Francis over his apostolic exhortation on the family.
NCR Today: Cardinal Müller says the Vatican will not reply to four cardinals' letter questioning the document. Meanwhile, the Roman Rota dean calls publishing the letter a "slap in the face."
Just Catholic: Four cardinals want to throw the Code of Canon Law at divorced and remarried Catholics, and, apparently, at Pope Francis.
In an interview with NCR, Bishop Maurice Piat of Port-Louis, Mauritius, says 'Amoris Laetitia' gives bishops new work to do in accompanying the divorced and remarried.
Updated Nov. 18, 8:30 a.m.: Comments from Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput added.
Vatican City -- Cardinal-designate Kevin Farrell believes the U.S. bishops as a whole should have discussed pastoral guidelines for implementing Pope Francis' exhortation on the family before individual bishops began issuing guidelines for their own dioceses.
Rome -- Four cardinals are questioning Pope Francis' most recent teachings on family life, issuing an open letter to the pontiff with five yes or no questions about how he understands church teaching.
Working groups offer "a promising model for healing and bridge-building ... and the American church needs this desperately," says one adviser to the diocesan family synod.