Within the Synod of the Family meetings, our pope has tried to encourage compassion for our divorced and remarried who have been denied the Eucharist. Of course, some bishops have opposed any changes, holding firmly to a church law formulated by a group of men years ago.

Can any of us imagine a good person who has had the misfortune of having to divorce and remarry walking up to Jesus for an encounter and being told by him, “Sorry, but you’re not worthy to receive me. Go back to your pew”?

Jesus always placed love over law. This is what our pope is attempting to do in our church.

Sister Joel Gubler OP