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Remarried Catholics must avoid sex and live like 'brother and sister,' archbishop says

Remarried Catholics must avoid sex and live like 'brother and sister,' archbishop says

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia is closing the door opened by Pope Francis to letting civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion, saying the faithful in his archdiocese can only do so if they abstain from sex and live "as brother and sister."

Archbishop Charles Chaput, who is known for strongly emphasizing strict adherence to Catholic doctrine, issued a new set of pastoral guidelines for clergy and other leaders in the archdiocese that went into effect July 1. The guidelines reflect a stance taken by Pope John Paul II.

"Undertaking to live as brother and sister is necessary for the divorced and civilly remarried to receive...

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