In his book (pp. 130-131), Vallely relates some details that bear on how Pope Francis may understand the issues of Holy Communion for the divorced and re-married, and other couples in "irregular" situations. Vallely relates that in Argentina, very little ado is made over distributing Holy Communion to such individuals. Fr. Augusto Zampini, a diocesan priest in Buenos Aires, writes:
“In Buenos Aires [Bergoglio] came across more concrete problems. When you’re working in a shanty town, 90 percent of your congregation are single or divorced. You have to learn that Communion for the divorced and remarried is not an issue there. Everyone takes Communion.... Bergoglio never altered his doctrinal orthodoxy on such matters but he did not allow dogma to overrule the priority of pastoral concern.”Vallely then quotes Buenos Aires ‘slum’ priest Father Juan Isasmendi, who said “[Bergoglio] was never rigid about the small and stupid stuff, because he was interested in something deeper.”
On the one hand, the generous takeaway from this will be that the man who became Pope Francis has always had a generous "heart for the poor and marginalized." On the other hand, trying to implement such a "pastoral" policy in the Church at large will inevitably lead to conflict with those still willing to defend the inviolability of Church doctrine.
Cardinal Burke, for example, in his February 8 interview that was broadcast on France 2 (see full translation HERE), responded to the question, “If Pope Francis insists on this path, what will you do?” by declaring: "I will resist. I cannot do anything else."
[Hat tip to J.V.]