Francis’s guiding light for the remarried

SIR – David Baugh, a divorced Catholic now in a happy, stable relationship with a widowed lady, regrets that “there has been no positive statement except from the Pope” to address his issues (Letter, February 3). Now Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”) responds to the synods on the family which themselves represent a patient and detailed process of inquiry and reflection among the people of God. After these years of prayerful thought, who else can express the mind of the Church more faithfully than the Holy Father?

Pope Francis encourages “a responsible and personal pastoral discernment of particular cases” (Amoris Laetitia n 300). What more can be needed? Why, do you think, do we have all these bishops, priests and deacons around the place, if not to accompany faithful Catholics? What more is David Baugh waiting for?

Yours faithfully,

Fr Bob Eccles OP

Blackfriars, Cambridge


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