Recently I have published a great deal of information pertaining to the continued dissension within the Vatican regarding divorced Catholics and the
comments made by Pope Francis. The above link is the latest comment form the Pope as found on the Wall Street Journal. I question why this issue has become so complex that a little thought can bring about its resolution. First, to link a divorced heterosexual Catholic man or woman with gays is a misnomer because they are separate issues. Second, what man or woman walking on earth today is perfect? How can anyone judge circumstances leading to a divorce and how by going the process of annulment does a person become clean? Forgiveness is the province of the Lord and not confused men. Jesus revealed his identity first to a Samaritan woman at the well when the woman who had had 5 husbands and was living with the sixth perceived him to be the long awaited Messiah. Read the following: Now when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2 (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), he left Judea and departed again to Galilee. He had to pass through Samar′ia. So he came to a city of Samar′ia, called Sy′char, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as he was with his journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.
There came a woman of Samar′ia to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew (Priest), ask a drink of me, a woman (Sinner) of Samar′ia? ” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?” Jesus said to her, “Every one who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water,(Communion?) that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband; this you said truly.” The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain; and you say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ); when he comes, he will show us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”
Jesus told this 5 time divorced woman that He was indeed the Messiah and she the sinner was picked as the first lay person he had done so. Though this scripture has even deeper meaning, my point remains, that men and women error even in marriage where something changes causing angst and separation and in this case the Lord Jesus found no difficulty whatever in blessing the woman by acceptance and no condemnation. Should an imperfect man or woman be denied communion because of divorce? Should an imperfect hierarchy pass judgment on an individual who has endured hardship and trauma in a painful separation? Scripture tells all have sinned and fallen short of glory yet you say rules must be followed. I say the only rule to be followed is that of LOVE and love does not seek its own. If as I have written before some 11 million divorced Catholics you can be sure several have remarried and you can be sure several have left the Church. How after 1000’s of years later, do we now still express confusion with statements that in some futuristic way the Church must make some proviso for those divorced Catholics when the answer is simple. The body and blood of Christ belong to the sinner not administrative judgment.
In Heaven a man nor a woman is given to marriage. Further, Jesus is one who a repentant soul is ultimately married to, flesh is flesh but the things of God are Spirit. And lastly, forgiveness is a wiping away of sin or wrong and remembered no more.