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I heard the question posed the other day: "If Jesus were to return to earth today, which religion would He identify with? Which political party? Which country?” It's a question that could generate a lively discussion to be sure, but it is moot. The very idea of Who and What Jesus is has been very diluted and distorted by a number of things in recent decades. Among these are Hollywood, televangelists, many different flavors of Christianity and a continually evolving and shape-shifting Catholic Church, at least that large portion of it that is most visible.

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If papal clarification was ever needed on the long-debated issue of the intended meaning of Amoris Laetitia chapter VIII, such clarification has now been provided for the Church at large.

Last week, Acta Apostolicae Sedis (AAS)—the Vatican's organ for promulgating the Official Acts of the Apostolic See—published Pope Francis' October 2016 letter to the bishops of Buenos Aires in which he praised their episcopal guidelines allowing divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion in some cases while living in a state of objective mortal sin.

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