Because there’s a lot of confusion surrounding the Media’s reports about the Synod on the Family and its deliberations concerning Communion for the remarried, I thought a one-stop shopping place was in order where you could go to show that the Church is not going to change its stance against admitting remarried people to Communion.
First, we have the statements from Pope Francis. In his interview with La Stampa, published December 14, 2013, he defended the Church’s stance against admitting remarried people to Communion: The exclusion of divorced people who contract a second marriage from communion is not a [punishment]. It is important to remember this. source Somehow I don’t think he would defend the Church’s stance if it was about to change. Moreover, when he was asked what he meant in his encyclical Evangelium Gaudii by speaking of “prudent and bold pastoral choices regarding the sacraments,” he clarified his meaning, saying, Some immediately thought about the sacraments for remarried divorcees, but I did not refer to any specific cases; I simply wanted to point out a principle. We must try to facilitate people’s faith. source Also, according to this interview, Cardinal Meisner has specifically asked Pope Francis about Communion for the remarried, and the pope directed him to the statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and said, in the words of Cardinal Meisner, People who are divorced can receive communion, people who are remarried can’t. source I think it’s also important to point out that Pope Francis was specifically asked why he praised Cardinal Kasper’s speech where he mentioned admitting remarried divorcees to Communion, and Pope Francis downplayed the section of his speech where he talked about that, saying, Cardinal Kasper made a beautiful and profound presentation that will soon be published in German, and he confronted five points; the fifth was that of second marriages. source Next comes the members of the Synod itself. According to the Boston Globe, Cardinal Thomas Collins is “currently in Rome for two days of meetings of most of the world’s cardinals with Francis on issues related to marriage and the family.” As a member of the Synod, his statements about what its discussions are covering should be authoritative. In this interview, he said that a change in the Church’s stance is not on the table for the Synod, and that the media has been misinterpreting this: Collins seemed dubious that the bishops’ summit, called a “synod,” might recommend sweeping policy changes on divorce. … Asked if he believed allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the sacraments would be on the table, Collins said: “I don’t see how it could be…This is a very basic point about what we’re called to in marriage that comes from Our Lord himself.” source Finally comes Archbishop Muller. His words on the subject should be considered authoritative for several reasons; first, he was recently made a Cardinal by Pope Francis. Second, he was appointed to the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith by Pope Francis. Third, according to the interview with Cardinal Meisner, Pope Francis cited the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, with Muller as its head, as the authorized body for responding to this issue. And Cardinal Muller has specifically and emphatically stated that the Church’s stance against admitting remarried people to Communion will not change: The dogma of the Church [on this matter] is not just any theory made by some theologians, but it is the doctrine of the Church, nothing less than the word of Jesus Christ, which is very clear. I can not change the doctrine of the Church. source So there you go. No worries! The Church is not about to change to admit remarried people to Holy Communion before their marriage is annulled. And don’t let the media scare you otherwise.