Amoris Laetitia Does Permit Communion for some divorced and remarried couples, who are not living in chastity. The claim that AL seems to permit this is wrong; it does permit Communion.
Why? It is clearly stated in AL that objectively grave sins are not always actual mortal sins. And so the Sacraments can remain available to persons who are living in grave sins, but having difficulty reconciling their lives with Church teaching.
Catholic teaching only absolutely requires communicants to be baptized Christians not unrepentant from actual mortal sin. Priests who are aware of actual mortal sin can make an act of perfect contrition, say Mass and receive, and confess later. AL recommends confession before communion (in footnote 351), and only says that some persons in irregular situations may have access to confession and communion.
Peter holds the keys. The Pope permits divorced and remarried persons (who are still having sex) to receive Communion, in some cases, if they are not conscious of actual mortal sin. AL recommends consulting with a priest, confession, and then communion. This is not contrary to Catholic teaching; it is a discipline that is within the authority of the Pope.
Jesus refused to allow the woman caught in adultery to be stoned. Francis refuses to tell the divorced and remarried that they may never receive Jesus in Communion, unless they are first free from all objectively grave sins. The Pharisees of today are often themselves guilty of heresy and schism, for rejecting papal authority and Church teaching on papal charisms, yet they would prevent suffering sinners from receiving strength to change by means of the Eucharist.
And if you think that is wrong, then you yourself must not receive Communion if you are guilty of unconfessed objectively grave sins. And that includes:
* sex outside of marriage
* any other sexual grave sins
* grave scandal for the way you speak about the Pope
And in particular, since we are speaking of objectively grave sins which might not be actual mortal sins, it is heretical and schismatic, and therefore gravely immoral, to deny the dogmas of:
* the papal charism of truth and never failing faith
* the Apostolic See is free from blemish, stain, and has never wandered from the true faith
* the First See is judged by no one
* the supreme teaching authority of the Pope
* there is no appeal from papal decision to anyone but God
* that non-infallible teachings require religious assent (sins against this truth can be venial or mortal)
* the papal charisms listed here and here
and grave failure to believe other dogmas, such as:
* the Real Presence
* And so many other teachings.
The conservative Catholic subculture does not hold the keys; the Pope does. When he opens, no one can close.
Very many Catholics today receive Communion while still committing grave sins in their lives without repentance. If they were all refused Communion, the pews would be empty and the parishes and dioceses would fail.
And do not tell me that the sins of the divorced are different because they are public. The heretical and schismatic clamoring of the papal accusers is very public. And hidden grave sins require one, on the basis of conscience, to refrain from Communion. It is not only public sins that prevent reception.
Francis is absolutely right.