‘Chaos Frank’ Strikes Again…
Argentine Adulteress claims Francis told her OK to receive Holy Communion — Vatican Won’t Confirm OR Deny
Cold-Call Frank is at it again…
LAST UPDATED 24-APR-14 19:39 GMT
Since the original breaking of this story in the English-speaking world on April 23, a few developments have transpired. Here is some additional information and some updates:
- The woman in question is Jacqueline Lisbona Sabetta, her partner-in-adultery is Julio Sabetta
- Update by The Telegraph‘s Nick Squires (Apr. 23)
- Jimmy Akin weighs in with another “Did Pope Francis….?” post (Apr. 23)
- CNN: “Pope Stirs Communion Debate with Call to Woman” (Apr. 23)
- Vatican Insider: “Pope’s Phone Call Re-Opens Communion Debate” (Apr. 23)
- David Gibson (RNS): “Did Pope Francis Really Tell a Divorced Women to Take Communion?” (Apr. 23)
- Radio LT3 – Exclusive Interview with Julio Zabeta, who received Francis’ phone call (Spanish / Apr. 22)
- NCR: “Pope’s Call to Woman raises Questions on Divorced and Remarried” (Apr. 23)
- Vatican Press Office Official Statement (Apr. 24)
- Giuseppe Nardi: Vatican uses “Acrobatic Strategies” in Damage Control Efforts (German / Apr. 24)
- Pastor at adulteress’ parish church, José Ceschi: “She must have misunderstood the Pope” (Spanish / Apr. 23)
- Francis’ Phone Call: A Few Things to Know and Share (Commentary / Apr. 24)
- CNA: “Doubts increase over Pope’s Alleged Phone Call on Divorce” (Apr. 24)
Julio Sabetta on Francis’ Phone Call:
Original Facebook Post by Julio Sabetta:
OUR ORIGINAL REPORT:
The following was just posted by the British Telegraph:
Pope Francis has phoned a divorced and remarried Catholic woman in Argentina to tell her that she could “safely receive Communion”, according to an extraordinary report in La Stampa.
The woman’s husband, writing on Facebook, claims that the Pope – introducing himself as “Father Bergoglio” – spoke to his wife, who’d been divorced before marrying him and told her that men or women who were divorced and received Communion weren’t doing anything wrong. He apparently added that this matter is under discussion at the Vatican. (Quick health warning: given the complexity of this subject, we need much more clarity on what Francis reportedly said. I find it hard to believe that he would make such an unqualified statement.)
The conversation with Jacquelina Sabetta is supposed to have taken place on Easter Monday. She had written to the Pope asking if, after 19 years of a marriage that had produced two daughters, she could be readmitted to Communion. He rang her directly – as is his habit – and during a 10-minute conversation apparently gave her a clear “yes”.
Or so we’re told. We need to investigate this story – but, if it’s true, the implications are huge. In most cases, divorced and remarried Catholics are currently barred from receiving the Sacrament – but for how much longer?
(Damian Thompson, “Pope Francis ‘Phones Divorced Woman’ to say she can receive Communion”, The Telegraph, Apr. 23, 2014)
The very first report of this story was published by Argentina’s TELAM, available here in Spanish.
To see some photos and watch some videos of how “Cardinal” Bergoglio distributed “Holy Communion”, please see this link here.