I hope everyone will read the entire article.
What he means is that the rules are not burdensome. Instead, the rules reflect the love and mercy of God. He is disputing those who say that the rules are burdensome.
What he is saying is that calling the Church’s rules" burdensome set of rules aimed at exclusion" is a false characterization of the Gospel.
Here is just the text of his quotes, with a few words added for the sake of grammar. I think that after reading them, you’ll come away with a much different perspective of what he actually said.
“Church teaching has to be rediscovered not as a set of rules, but as a true good news, a good news that frees people. God’s plan for marriage is not a structure in which people have to bind themselves in order to somehow gain God’s love. God’s plan for marriage is a gift of God’s love for us,”
Archbishop Durocher said that “tension between teaching and pastoral care disappears” when people recognize that living the teaching brings healing.
“The teaching itself is a form of pastoral care,” he said.
The archbishop told reporters … that breaking truth and mercy into two opposing camps “is unjust.”
Bishops not in favor of admitting divorced and civilly married Catholics to the Eucharist are exercising mercy “because mercy is bringing people to the truth.” [that’s how it was written in the article with no quotation marks before the word Bishops]
And, likewise, to say that those who are looking for ways to make Communion more accessible “are not concerned with justice or with truth — that also would be unjust to use that language,” he said.
[in other words, those who want to throw away the rules are the ones who are not concerned with justice or truth]
“We have a lot of work to do to find out ways of expressing (God’s plan): Why is faithfulness a gift? Why is fruitfulness in marriage a gift? Why is fidelity to one’s partner a gift? Why is reconciliation a gift?” and then how can these teachings “become a way of life for people?” he said.
People are “hungry and thirsty for meaning,” he said, so how can the church better show the world and Catholics the way?
[in other words, he is not asking “how can we change the rules?” but how can we do a better job of teaching the rules and supporting married couples to to be faithful to each other and to God. Sounds like very solid Catholic teaching here]
The question of access to Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics also has to be seen through the lens of accompanying people more effectively in order to bring them closer to what God offers, he said.
He said when people realize their irregular situation means they cannot receive Communion, they see that “as an exclusion” from the church and church life.
Experiencing this situation as exclusion “is certainly not what Jesus wants for people who are struggling,” he said.
[in other words, this is not the tired old “Jesus doesn’t exclude anyone” mantra. He’s saying that Christ does not want anyone to misunderstand that being ineligible for Communion is not a form of exclusion, it’s a way that the Church accompanies people to bring them closer to God.]