"Il Papa al telefono mi ha detto che un divorziato può fare la comunione... Un uomo argentino ha raccontato che sua moglie, cui era stato negato di prendere la Comunione, ha ricevuto una telefonata da Papa Francesco, in cui lo stesso Pontefice la detto che può «prendere tranquillamente la Comunione perché non sta facendo nulla di male» e che comunque «è un tema che si sta discutendo in Vaticano». "
Tudo o que há a dizer sobre este triste episódio no The Hermeneutic of Continuity. Excerto:
"The statements by Holy See personnel have in fact confirmed that the telephone call was made [and that] there was presumably some doctrinal matter discussed...Para mim são muitas claras as intenções do Papa sobre esta matéria. Todas as intervenções magisteriais ou privadas do Papa têm sido no mesmo sentido. como diria o diretor das emissões em alemão da Rádio Vaticano, "we know exactly what he means".
Beyond that, of course, the matter is all one of speculation. Was the woman’s first marriage a civil marriage? If so, the Pope could grant an instant nullity from defect of form – he is, after all, the supreme legislator. Are the couple living “as brother and sister” (i.e. in a non sexually active relationship)? If so, the Pope could admit the woman to Holy Communion under the “internal forum solution” – though this is subject to the proviso that there should be no public scandal, something rather difficult to affirm given that the recipient of a telephone call from the Pope is not bound by the seal of confession, and might talk to her husband who might then post about it on Facebook, and thereby start a firestorm in the international press. Perhaps I am being too harsh?
Any of these explanations could be issued via the Holy See Press Office or l’Osservatore Romano. Some might say that the Pope does not talk about these private conversations and correct people in their mistaken impressions. But he does... Liberation theologian, Frei Betto, met with Pope Francis recently, at a General Audience, and afterwards claimed that the Pope had looked favourably on his suggestion that Giordano Bruno should be rehabilitated. ... Pope Francis demanded an immediate correction, which was published the following day, and the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr Lombardi, followed up...
So if there is a harmless explanation for the divorce-and-remarriage-holy-communion phone call which doesn't affect the Church's teaching at all, No Sirreee, not a bit of it, why not order Fr Lombardi and l’Osservatore Romano to put things straight?...
I can’t go along with the assertion that the Pope couldn’t possibly have given the advice he is alleged to have given. He is infallible when he defines things ex cathedra. When he issues non-infallible magisterial teaching, we must give the religious assent of mind and will; but when he speaks privately (and it has been confirmed that whatever was said is indeed private utterance and not magisterial) then we are entitled to disagree with him. Pope Benedict affirmed this explicitly in the preface to his book Jesus of Nazareth...
Nevertheless, I am more convinced by the suggestion that the uncertainty and confusion plays very well into the hands of those who are hinting and suggesting, asking open questions with doe-eyed sentimentality, never committing themselves but flying kites all over the Vatican gardens, leading people to hope that the divorced and remarried might be admitted to Holy Communion.
Is this intentional on the part of Pope Francis? Who am I to judge? (But he did say ¡Vaya lío!)
Portanto, ou bem que a Divina Providência intervém nesta matéria, ou bem que teremos um novo Honório I... existe ainda uma outra possibilidade que neste momento não quero contemplar.