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Kurt Martens, professor, canon law, was quoted in a National Catholic Register story on Archbishop Chaput's guidelines for implementing Amoris Laetitia. See below.

Archbishop Chaput’s Guidelines for Amoris Laetitia Can Serve as Model for US Church

From: National Catholic Register
Date: July 7, 2016
Author: Joan Frawley Desmond

... sked to comment on the substance of the guidelines, Kurt Martens, a leading canon lawyer at The Catholic University of America, told the Register: “Archbishop Chaput only applies the teaching of the Church and shows where the lines are drawn.”

“He does a good job explaining in general what it means to receive Communion” and “the relation between sin and Communion. Moreover, he does it in a pastoral way, precisely what Pope Francis has asked for,” Martens added.

That said, the canon lawyer predicted that some Catholics will look for a starkly different implementation of an inspiring and controversial papal exhortation.

“For sure, there will be people who do not like what is in these pastoral guidelines,” Martens concluded, “but they should be encouraged to read and reread Amoris Laetitia to discover what’s there and what’s not there.”

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