Malta: Bishops Use AL to Open Door to Sacraments to Some Adulterers Who Find It ‘Impossible’ to Live Celibate

That is the gist of this joint declaration.

CNS: Under certain circumstances and after long prayer and a profound examination of conscience, some divorced and civilly remarried Catholics may return to the sacraments, said the bishops of Malta.  . . . Without an annulment, the bishops said, couples living in a new relationship should be encouraged to abstain from sexual relations since the church does not consider their new union a marriage. Sometimes, however, the couple will find practicing the virtue of “conjugal continence” impossible. Read in full here. Canonical consideration by Edward Peters, canon lawyer, here.