The hitherto unsurpassed proof of this approach of his was, last November 15 during his visit to the Lutherans of Rome, the response that he gave to a Protestant woman who asked him if she could receive communion at Mass together with her Catholic husband.
The response from Francis was a phantasmagorical whirlygig of yes, no, I don’t know, you figure it out. But not because the pope didn’t know what to say. His expressive “fluidity” was intentional. It was his way of bringing everything back into discussion, making everything thinkable and therefore practicable:
Right on cue, in fact, came “La Civiltà Cattolica,” the magazine of the Rome Jesuits that has now become the grapevine of the Casa Santa Marta, to confirm that yes, Francis had wanted to convey precisely this: that even Protestants can receive communion at a Catholic Mass[.] – A Pope Like None Before. Somewhat Protestant by Sandro Magister (The idyll between Francis and the followers of Luther. The alarm of cardinals and bishops against the “Protestantization” of the Catholic Church. But also the distrust of authoritative Lutheran theologians)
Kardinal Kasper hofft auf Fortschritte in der Abendmahlsfrage | Radio Vatikan
Kasper: ‘In sommige gevallen intercommunie’
[Update: May 24, 2018]
– Pope Francis Needed to Give Clarity on Intercommunion by Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk | NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER > BLOGS | MAY. 7, 2018
COMMENTARY: Failure to give German bishops proper directives, based on the clear doctrine and practice of the Church, points to a drift towards apostasy from the truth.