The Good Samaritan
William Small (1843–1931)
In my country, said the Pope, "I have heard several times of parish priests who did not baptize the children of the mothers because they were not born in canonical marriage. They closed the door, why? Because the heart of these parish priests had lost the key to knowledge.
Three months ago, in a country, in a city, a mother wanted to baptize her newly born son, but she was married civilly with a divorced man. The priest said, 'Yes, yes. Baptize the baby. But your husband is divorced. So he cannot be present at the ceremony. ' This is happening today. The Pharisees, doctors of the law are not people of the past, even today there are many of them. That is why we need prayers for us shepherds. To pray that we do not lose the key to knowledge and do not close the door to ourselves and the people who want to enter. " - Pope Francis
I was baptized and received the sacraments despite the fact my mother was divorced and remarried to my dad. They did not go to church, but I was educated in Catholics school. The priest who baptized me joked with my father and was incredibly kind to my parents - no scolding - nothing. That was many years before Vatican II.
The Pope is Catholic.