Despite the public longing of progressives and the press turned rumor for a change to the prohibition on divorced and remarried people receiving communion, the rumor is false.

A Vatican dicastery has taken the unusual step of issuing a public denial that it is preparing a document on the reception of Communion by divorced and remarried Catholics.

The Pontifical Council for the Family issued an announcement on April 25 that “there is no basis to the news, circulated by some press agencies, that a document on distributing communion to remarried divorced persons is being prepared.” Some reports, citing anonymous Vatican sources, had claimed that a document on that topic would soon be released.

I know that this is a tough situation, but a change to this would not make sense. Being ‘pastoral’ to those in these situations should never mean turning a blind eye to sin.

*subhead*No change.*subhead*