| Church upholds rules about marriage
ROME — Recent remarks by Pope Francis about the need for a stronger pastoral approach to marriage and divorced couples do not signal the church is overturning its laws or practice of denying Communion to Catholics who divorce and remarry, said two canon law experts.
When Pope Francis made parenthetical reference to the Orthodox churches permitting, in some cases, a second marriage, he was referring to an issue that has been under discussion for decades, said U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signatura.
The pope told reporters July 28 during his flight to Rome from Rio de Janeiro that "the Orthodox have a different practice." They "follow the theology of 'oikonomia' (economy or stewardship), as they call it, and give a second possibility; they permit" a second marriage, the pope had said.
Cardinal Burke, spoke Sept. 16 at a renewal course on marriage law hosted by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.
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