[quote="MtnDwellar, post:10, topic:218859"]
The couple were each married to different people, in the Church. They divorced and married each other. Sorry for the confusion.
Here is a human interest part of the story. The gentleman is a WWII veteran who took part in the Battle of Iwo Jima. During the battle he made one of those "deals" with God. Having survived the battle he joined a Catholic Church and was Catechized by a priest in Hawaii
50 years later he met the same priest at a wedding. Father asked him why he did not receive communion. He told the priest that he was not allowed because of his marital situation. Then, the priest told him that he could.
Oh, how sad.
Obviously this priest is quite elderly. While I know personally many 'over 70' priests who are very devout and orthodox, I also know quite a few who are still convinced that they know better than "The Vatican" and that any and all Catholic teachings are simply 'guidelines' that can be ignored or even defied if 'they' deem it to be the 'loving' thing to do. :(
How sad that this priest, who was responsible for bringing a soul to Christ, is now the one who is attempting to separate that soul from Christ.
In the one case, he brought a man to the fullness of faith.
Now at the 'end', he is trying to deny the man fullness and offering 'death' instead, and presenting it as 'kindness'.
This is one of the saddest things I have ever heard. I hope the man is able to see the truth, to know that the priest is mistaken, and to keep on in the correct teachings, and to forgive that priest. . .and I hope the priest himself comes to realize his error, and repents. . .