There are not a few couples in this situation who desire to live a full sacramental life. Yet the situation remains that a second marriage, if there has not been a declaration of nullity for the first marriage, is what the Lord Jesus describes as an adulterous union in Matthew 19, even if the parties involved do not consider it as such. It’s a delicate and complicated matter, often involving sincere people in heartbreaking circumstances. And Jesus’ teaching astonishes even the apostles, who wonder if it might be better then not to marry at all.
At a February meeting of cardinals, the Holy Father invited Cardinal Walter Kasper to give an address which advocated that the Church change her teaching on marriage and divorce in regard to receiving Holy Communion. The address was advertised in advance as confidential, but Cardinal Kasper published it after its contents became widely known. Many cardinals have reported that Kasper’s proposals were “resoundingly” rejected by the vast majority of cardinals present, so much so that the following morning the Holy Father came to Kasper’s defence, praising his talk and inviting him to respond to the withering critique of his presentation.