Lisbon Cardinal Manuel Clemente has claimed that “in the greatest number of cases” the marriage of those Catholics who have divorced and entered a second illegitimate union was null.
According to Catholic agency Agencia Ecclesia Clemente urged his priests to take a “fundamental attitude of ‘welcoming,’ ‘accompaniment’ and ‘discernment’” of adulterers.
Clemente also claimed with reference to Pope Francis that adulterers can “in some cases return to the sacramental life”. This contradicts Catholic doctrine according to which adulterers have to leave their illegitimate partners and to be absolved of this sin before they can receive the sacraments again.
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The archdiocese of Braga, Portugal, announced early November to “establish a group for accompanying Christians who are divorced and remarried, which will make access to the sacraments possible, in accordance with a process of individual discernment.” The procedure may lead to “access to the sacraments”.