Archbishop Charles J. Chaput announced last week that couples in “irregular” relationships cannot receive Holy Communion in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Chaput's pastoral guidelines are his interpretation of Amoris Laetitia (the joy of love), the document issued by Pope Francis on marriage and the family.

Chaput asserts that Catholics in same-sex relationships, those remarried without a church annulment and cohabitating people may not hold a position of responsibility in the church.

Calling such unions “irregular,” Chaput said that allowing such people to serve on parish councils, instruct the faithful or dispense communion would “offer a serious counter-witness to Catholic belief, which can only produce moral confusion in the community.”

Chaput was among the bishops who advised Francis in 2015 on creation of Amoris Laetitia, which was widely seen as closing the door in the Roman Catholic church on marriage equality.