120. (51) Likewise, those who are divorced and remarried require careful discernment and an accompaniment of great respect. Language or behaviour that might make them feel an object of discrimination should be avoided, all the while encouraging them to participate in the life of the community. The Christian community’s care of such persons is not to be considered a weakening of its faith and testimony to the indissolubility of marriage, but, precisely in this way, the community is seen to express its charity.
121. Many parties request that the attention to and the accompaniment of persons who are divorced and civilly remarried take into account the diversity of situations and be geared towards a greater integration of them into the life of the Christian community. Without prejudice to the recommendations made in Familiaris Consortio 84, some suggest that the forms of exclusion currently followed in liturgical and pastoral practice be re-examined as well as those in education and charitable activity. Since these persons are still part of the Church, the aim is to reflect on the opportunity to eliminate these forms of exclusion. Furthermore, to promote a greater integration of these persons into the Christian community, specific attention needs to given to the best interest of their children, given the irreplaceable role parents have in raising their children.
Before integrating persons who are divorced and civilly remarried into pastoral life, some recommend that: pastors duly discern the impossibility of abandoning their situation and the life of faith of the couple in the new relationship; the process be accompanied by raising the sensitivity of the Christian community to receive these persons; and this work be done according to the law of gradualness (cf. FC, 34), while respecting the maturation of consciences.How can consciences mature when the doctrine upon which consciences are formed is skewed or set aside out a misguided undestanding of mercy?
A tiny compromise may seem so small in size.
It may not seem so bad at first.
But little habits can soon start to control your mind and heart
and your problems will just get worse.
So beware of evil deeds that grow and spread like weeds.
Guard your heart and don't them begin.
If you surrender and consent to let camels in your tent,
you will lose in the end.
Oh, don't let a camel get his nose in your tent!
No, don't you give in and compromise with wrong (sin).
Remember the old man who wound up sleeping on the sand.
Always stand your ground whenever that big nose comes around.
—from The Amazing Cat ChannelDon't let the Kasperian camel get his nose in the tent of the Church!
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