Unspinning Amoris Laetitia

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The “received wisdom” is that the Pope’s document is about Communion for the divorced and remarried, but is it really so? You could be forgiven for having decided that Amoris Laetitia is a failed document. If you accept, as it seems to be the received wisdom to do, that its purpose is to resolve the […]

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Marriage and the Family: An Encouragement to the Joy of Love

8/04/2016 Vatican City. Press conference presenting Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Amoris laetitia", on love in the family, in the Holy See Press Office. Cardinal Christoph Schonborn O.P., Archbishop of Vienna. Photo Grzegorz Galazka.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn gave the official presentation of the text at the April 8 press conference in Rome. The Pope chose Schönborn for this task because he is a Dominican (i.e., a follower of the great medieval Dominican, St. Thomas Aquinas) and because he played a key role in drafting the Catechism The evening of […]

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The Sorrow at the Heart of “The Joy of Love”

20.11.2012 Roma. Presentazione del libro "L'infanzia di Gesù", scritto da Benedetto XVI, nella Sala San Pio X. Il card. Gianfranco Ravasi, Presidente del Pontificio Consiglio della Cultura.

Francis in Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”) has written a hymn to the joy that the lasting love between a man and a woman in marriage brings. But this love can grow cold, and sorrow over this failure is at the heart of The Joy of Love. And this has led to controversy The […]

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Letter #25, 2016: “The Joy of Love”

April 8, 2016, Friday — The Tenderness of a Papal Document Pope Francis has written a “love letter” to the world… Dear friends, I just came back from the 2-hour Vatican press conference presenting Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, entitled Amoris Laetitia (that is the Latin title of the text, meaning literally, […]

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The Pope’s Hymn to Marriage

In his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), Pope Francis praises the beauty of marriage and family life. In an age where marriage is in decline, the document is a reminder of how wonderful marriage can be “Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him. But […]

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The Tenderness of a Papal Document: “The Joy of Love”

8/04/2016 Vatican City. Press conference presenting Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Amoris laetitia", on love in the family, in the Holy See Press Office. Bishop Fabio Fabene, Under-Secretary of the Synod of Bishops; Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops; Cardinal Christoph Schonborn O.P., Archbishop of Vienna; Father Federico Lombardi, Director of the Vatican Press Office, and the spouses Prof. Francesco Miano, Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, and Prof. Giuseppina De Simone in Miano, Professor of Philosophy at the Theological Faculty of Southern Italy of Naples. Photo Grzegorz Galazka.

Francis has given us a poetic, eloquent, moving hymn to love in Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), issued April 8. This text is really for families: one part of this letter, the marvelous Chapter 4 on the true nature of love, should be printed out and read at the family dinner table — one […]

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