I was under the impression that if one is in an invalid marriage, but they are living as “brother and sister”, they are not necessarily in a state of sin. I don’t know if this applies to only marriage outside the church or also divorced and remarried, though.
Since we don’t know the details of the phone call, we do not necessarily know what was said. If she is indeed living chastely, perhaps she is not in a state of sin. Second of all, we don’t know the entirety of what was said. If could have been something like “A divorcee who takes communion is not doing anything wrong…IF they are living chastely”.
I also hate it to say it, but it’s possible the woman mislead him. Maybe she gave the impression that they were living apart because she wanted permission to receive communion. She said that she and her husband did not go to mass every Sunday, but they were Catholics and loved God…so maybe she is just picking and choosing the way so many do. Picking and choosing the answer she wants to get.
I don’t want to assume anything uncharitable about either of them. But to be honest, I do think it is more likely that a lay person made a mistake than the Pope of the Catholic church.
OR I have to speculate, what if it’s just a translation error??? I think we can reasonably assume that they weren’t speaking in English. This is the American media; something tells me that when it comes to translating something that someone reported the Pope saying in Argentinian Spanish, they are not going to be too careful. And I notice that they did not include the original post, I suppose unless the original post was in English. Or anything. So either this entire affair was conducted in English for whatever reason or somebody just does not want to include the original quotes.
This whole statement has just gone through so many filters. First the woman sent a letter, and we have no idea what that letter said. Then, the Pope made a phone call, and we don’t know what was said in that phone call. THEN someone made a Facebook post about the phone call, someone translated that facebook post, and THIS is what we are basing this entire story on!
I don’t believe it for a second. Somebody made a mistake somewhere in the elaborate process of transferring private information from someone’s home in Argentina to the American media. I don’t think that necessarily anyone did anything wrong or that necessarily anyone did anything right. But I don’t believe for a single moment that the Pope said that someone committing adultery in an invalid marriage is ok to receive communion. Not for a single second. The Pope may be more lax than some people would like, but he is the head of the Catholic church. To have less reverence for the Most Blessed Sacrament than one should is the last thing that I should believe any pope would do.