Emeritus Cardinal Re does not consider it possible to revise this legal requirement of the Church, for “an objective situation can not be changed”. (H/T to Eponymous Flower)
Vatican City (kath.net / KNA) The emeritus Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re (80) does not believe that Pope Francis will remove the exclusion of remarried divorcees from the ecclesiastical sacraments. He does not consider it possible to revise this canonical rule, Re on Tuesday said to the Internet site Vatican Insider. “An objective situation can not be changed,” said the former prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, who served as the highest-ranking cardinal the conclave for the election of Francis.
However, Francis is keen to improve the Church’s pastoral care of the divorced and remarried, the cardinal stressed. This should be aimed to encourage those affected in their faith and to enable them to live in prayer, and with regular attendance at Sunday Mass. Currently being worked on are ways to make the Church’s closeness to these people more visible. [Scary, Divorcee Liturgies?]
Concern for the family is counted among the main topics of this Pope.
The second major concern of the Pope was to strengthen the collegiality with the bishops, says Re, who also headed the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. But Francis would simplify the processes in the Synod of Bishops to make the interaction of the synod efficient. With regard to the reform of the Curia, over which the committee appointed by Francis of eight advisory Cardinals [is] currently meeting at the Vatican, Re said it would take time and an intense reflection.