Manuel Clemente, the Patriarch of Lisbon, Portugal published on 12 July a letter sent to him by Pope Francis in which the Pope praises him for publishing pastoral guidelines permitting some “remarried” divorcees to receive Holy Communion. After his 2016 letter to the bishops of the Buenos Aires region, this is the second direct papal approval of a heterodox approach of admitting some unrepentant adulterers to Holy Communion.
In the letter as published by Cardinal Clemente and dated 26 June 2018 (and as translated into German by Giuseppe Nardi), Pope Francis writes the following:
Dear Brother Cardinal,
I would like to thank you that you sent