Are you following the bewildering and ever-changing details of the latest cold call of Pope Francis? It seems that the phone call really did happen, and that he really did advise the woman in the irregular marriage that she might receive Communion. The official Vatican denial pretty much confirms the story, while cautioning that it was a personal, pastoral action and not a change in official teaching.
Here’s the best summary I’ve seen of the whole saga: “UPDATED: Did Pope Francis really tell a divorced woman to take Communion?”
Money quote from Francis: “There are priests who are more papist than the pope.”
So… you can’t wash the feet women on Holy Thursday, but the Pope does so. You can’t receive Communion if you’re in an irregular marriage, but the Pope advised a woman she could do so.
I think Pope Francis has a savvy sense of how to reform the Catholic Church.