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Filipino Catholics receive Communion during a mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Paranaque in 2013 (AP)

The Church’s teaching has been consistent from the early Church to modern Popes. Last week’s events didn’t change it

Bishop Athanasius Schneider (Photo: CNS)

Bishop Schneider said the document might lead to widespread confusion over doctrine and the sacraments

Archbishop Charles Chaput beside Pope Francis as the pontiff blesses volunteers at the World Meeting of Families (AP)

Archbishop Chaput said the working group was ‘very ad hoc’

Amoris Laetitia (AP)

Robert Spaemann said Communion was a ‘yes or no’ question and that the Pope’s document could lead to a schism

Milan Cathedral (PA)

The priest in charge of Confession at Milan cathedral says there has been a growing “demand” for absolution and Communion

Confessions are said to have increased across England and Wales (CNS photo/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier)

Cardinal Nichols noted that there had been a significant increase in Catholics receiving the sacrament in the last six months

Cardinal Kasper famously insisted that the family synod's final text 'opened a door' for his proposal (AP)

Could the Kasper proposal, decisively rejected by the synod fathers, really be in the papal text?

Pope Francis condemns the terrorist attacks in Istanbul (AP)

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A clergyman hears confession from Pope Francis during a penitential liturgy in St Peter's Basilica (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Rector at basilica says he has also seen a rise in non-Catholics wanting to go to Confession

Pope Francis hears a confession in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Pope Francis made the plea at a penitential liturgy in St Peter’s Basilica before hearing Confessions