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Philadelphia archbishop: Divorced Catholics must avoid sex

AP
Published Jul 6, 2016, 9:43 pm IST
Updated Jul 6, 2016, 9:43 pm IST
The guidelines were posted on the archdiocese website.
The guidelines are posted on the archdiocese website. (Representational photo: AP)
 The guidelines are posted on the archdiocese website. (Representational photo: AP)

Philadelphia: The leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia says divorced and remarried parishioners should abstain from sex and live "like brother and sister" if they want to receive Holy Communion and haven't had their previous marriage annulled.

Archbishop Charles Chaput (SHAP'-yoo) issued a new set of pastoral guidelines for clergy and other leaders in the archdiocese. He also says Catholics in same-sex partnerships should refrain from sex and shouldn't be permitted to hold positions of responsibility in the church, to avoid "moral confusion in the community."

 

The guidelines are posted on the archdiocese website.

Chaput says the instructions stem from Pope Francis' sweeping document on family life released in April. That document - called "The Joy of Love" - opened a door to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics.

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