Pope urges better treatment for divorced Catholics

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Pope Francis reminded pastors in a speech Wednesday that divorced Catholics are not to be excommunicated, even though they’re sometimes treated so.

Catholic teaching says divorced Catholics who remarry are living in sin and are not allowed to receive communion. Pope Francis has emphasized that there should be mercy, and there is hope that he might lift the communion ban.

“I think people should take marriage more seriously,” Shelby Delaney told 22News, “but I think they shouldn’t chastise the people that get married, and then realize they made a mistake, and forced them to live with that mistake just because they’re Catholic. To give them that option to get divorced is a great thing.”

Pope Francis has not taken any direct action in making a communion ban happen yet. In his speech he said that estranged couples children suffer and it makes it harder for them to be raised as Catholics.

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