English cardinal urges debate on family synod stay out of the press

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Cardinal Nichols at last October's extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. (CNS/Paul Haring) Cardinal Nichols at last October’s extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Simon Caldwell Catholic News Service

MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster urged priests to end debating the upcoming synod on the family in the press after more than 450 priests published a letter calling on the Catholic Church to retain the prohibition on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving holy Communion.

“Every priest in England and Wales has been asked to reflect on the synod discussion. It is my understanding that this has been taken up in every diocese, and that channels of communication have been established,” Cardinal Nichols, president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said in a statement March 25.

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