When our bishop had classes on helping us to implement Amoris Laetitia, it was a very conservative approach with many cautions concerning that famous footnote.
In fact, about three years ago or so, our bishop warned us priests that if we ever illicitly (invalidly) convalidated a marriage where annulments had not been attained or weren't sucessful, we would be "suspended."
But at our meeting, I asked the canon-lawyer priest of our diocese about welcoming those in illicit marriages (invalid) if they could be lectors, communion ministers, CCD teachers, Catholic school teachers and the like. The answer was a resounding no.
But this morning, I find that what I thought was only logical as it concerns that famous footnote is being promoted by one of Pope Francis' closest collaborators at the G-9.
This is from this morning's CRUX and you can read the entire article HERE. But this is the excerpt:
Prelate close to pope: Divorced/remarried can be teachers, lectors, godfathers
- John L. Allen Jr. Mar 4, 2018
Summing up, one could say that (Bishop Marcello) Semeraro didn’t walk back from the cautious “yes” Francis delivered on the Communion question, extending it to a range of other roles in the Church from which divorced and civilly remarried Catholics at times have been excluded, including:
- Member of the parish council
- Lector at Mass
- Religion teacher in a Catholic school
- Catechism teacher
- Catholic charities workers
- Serving as godfather/godmother for a baptism
- MY COMMENT: Just as I proposed at our meeting on Amoris Laetitia, given that footnote, it is all logical, no?