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Cardinal Kevin Farrell says Pope Francis’ family life teaching is being well received by Catholics across the world and is only opposed by those who want to go back to a Church that “never existed”. The cardinal, who is Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life says that Amoris Laetitia does not need to be “corrected”. It is, he stresses, very clearly rooted in the gospel and sets out how to accompany married couples and families.
“From what I see from information that is coming to us from the conferences of bishops and lay groups involved in marriage and family life in different parts of the world, it is very well received, overwhelmingly well received,” the cardinal told The Tablet.
Elements - United - States - Continent - Africa
“There are some elements in the United States, on the continent of Africa, and some here in Europe - but not very strong - where they have a vision of going back to a Church that I believe never existed. Deep down this is an ideological conflict.”
The 71-year-old Irish-American prelate disagrees with those who believe Amoris Laetitia has muddied the waters of Church teaching by opening the door for divorced and remarried Catholics to receive communion.
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“It’s not just a question of going up to a priest and saying ‘can I receive communion?’ It is a process, a process that could take one year, could take two years, could take three years. It depends on the people. Fundamentally, this is about encountering people where they are,” he explains.
“You have two people who are divorced and remarried. Are they outside the Church forever? There’s no redemption whatsoever? None? You mean to tell me that Christ and Christ’s redemption didn’t work for those people? No.”
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