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  2. Sam permalink

    It’s true, canon 915 is about ministers giving communion, not recipients taking (in conscience.)

    But pope Francis already talks about discretion. If a couple goes somewhere where the priest and community doesn’t know the situation…well, the objective situation can’t be called “manifest” relative to them, nor is there any way to expect a priest to act on a situation he doesn’t know about.

    Amoris Laetitiae isn’t just addressing a minister giving communion. It’s addressing spiritual directors, and mightn’t one’s advice be “go to another parish”?

    Or even within that priest’s own parish, mightn’t the situation be unknown enough?

    It seems there is some confusion between the standard of proof required for assuming sexual activity in a marriage case (basically, living together) and the standard required for public scandal being “manifest” which surely would depend on the *actual* knowledge/assumptions of the community, not merely some legalistic notion of what constitutes manifest. After all, if we are to assume the best, even if a couple is living together, who am I to assume they aren’t living as brother and sister?

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