Synod debates communion for remarried

Story of child's first communion moves synod

(ANSA) - Vatican City, October 15 - A Vatican synod on the family has heard a moving account of a young boy's reaction to strict rules in the Catholic Church that prevent divorced and remarried people from receiving communion, one of the most debated topics of the meeting.
    The boy, whose parents were remarried and therefore not allowed to receive communion, handed pieces of the sacramental bread to his mother and father during his first communion ceremony.
    The account by a bishop attending the meeting was aimed at highlighting the problems faced in the church by people who have remarried but are kept far from the sacraments. Several other bishops attending the synod have told similar accounts, and various responses to the problem have been proposed. Some have suggested that situations should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to allow some remarried couples to be allowed to receive communion again.
    Other bishops have reaffirmed their view that divorced and remarried people should be prohibited from receiving communion.
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