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    Vatican shuts door on second marriages, minus annulment

    With one quick Tuesday statement, the Vatican shot down any ideas among Catholic Church members of remarrying then partaking of Communion absent an annulment — a fire-starter of a pronouncement from a papacy that's been roundly criticized in conservative circles for going soft on gay marriage, abortion and contraception.

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  • The following month, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, wrote a letter to Archbishop Zollitsch clarifying that "no pastoral directions are sanctioned which are in opposition to Church teaching," and he had made the same point in an essay published at L'Osservatore Romano the preceding month.

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  • The chief doctrine official for the Vatican, Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, said in a written statement that Church doctrine does not allow for any divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion unless they first obtain a papal ruling that annuls their first marriage, CBS News reported

    Vatican shuts door on second marriages, minus annulment →

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