Routing Out Rigorism: Vatican Clarifies Sacraments for Single Moms

RJ Carr
5 min readDec 14, 2023
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Vatican City — In a strongly worded answer to the question posed by a bishop in the Dominican Republic, Cardinal Victor Manual Fernandez, head of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, declared that no single mother should be prevented from receiving the Eucharist or baptizing her baby because she gave birth out of wedlock.

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