Editorial

Dossiers, Reflections and penetrating analysis by Inside The Vatican’s editors

Amoris Laetitia’s Language of “Accompaniment” Is Nothing New

Pope Francis greets a couple at the end of his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican January 8 (CNS photo/Paul Haring) The language of accompaniment is nothing new to the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, released to the public April 10, nor even to the pontificate of Pope Francis. In his [...]

By | 2016-06-01T15:26:39+00:00 Jun 1st, 2016|Categories: Dossier|Tags: , , , , , |

No Real Mercy Can Exist Unmoored From Truth

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput shows Pope Francis the material prepared for the Diocese of Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families that took place in Pennsylvania in September 2015 “It would be a mistake to misread the compassionate spirit of Amoris Laetitia as a license to ignore Christian truth” We live in an age when people’s [...]

How to Interpret Amoris Laetitia

A moral theologian sets forth a closely reasoned guide to the development of moral doctrine In the exhortation Amoris Lætitia, the most controversial question is the one concerning Communion for the divorced and remarried, which however is never expressly mentioned. It must be noted that above all, in the eighth chapter the language is at times [...]

By | 2016-06-01T14:53:30+00:00 Jun 1st, 2016|Categories: Dossier|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Law Before Amoris Is the Law After

Pope Francis blesses a family Sept. 19 during a special audience with participants at a meeting for the new evangelization in Paul VI hall at the Vatican (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters) Holy Communion is to be withheld from divorced-and-remarried Ca­tho­lics in virtue of Canon 915 which, as has been explained countless times, does not [...]

By | 2016-06-01T14:09:31+00:00 Jun 1st, 2016|Categories: Dossier|Tags: , , , |

The Debate Intensifies

Throughout the Church, there is intense debate over the new Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”). Some see it as a “rupture” with the Church’s doctrinal tradition, while others say that isn’t true... Robert Moynihan “My great joy as a result of this document resides in the fact that [...]

By | 2016-05-16T21:30:51+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Categories: Editorial|Tags: , , , , |

The Mystery of Man

Benozzo Gozzoli, "The Triumph of St. Thomas Aquinas over Averroes, the Most Influential Muslim Philosopher of the Middle Ages, with Aristotle and Plato," The Louvre in Paris, from 1471 Human beings are a composite of mortal body and immortal soul. At the moment of death, that composite is torn asunder… and yet we remain [...]

Unspinning Amoris Laetitia

Pope Francis at the Synod on the Family 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 [...]

Door Is Open for Those Who Want Healing…

…but not for those who want to “circumvent Church teaching” As I started to sift through the coverage of Amoris Laetitia, it became apparent that some selective reading and reporting had taken place, even in direct opposition to the Pope’s specific guideline: “[I]f someone flaunts an objective sin as if it were part of the Christian [...]

By | 2016-05-01T16:45:37+00:00 May 1st, 2016|Categories: Dossier|Tags: , , , |

“Without Putting Limits on Integration…”

Reading Amoris Laetitia: The Structure and Meaning of the Post-Synod Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis The exhortation incorporates from the synodal document the path of discernment of individual cases without putting limits on integration, as appeared in the past. It declares, moreover, that it cannot be denied that in some circumstances “imputability and responsibility for an [...]

By | 2016-05-01T16:25:37+00:00 May 1st, 2016|Categories: Dossier|Tags: , , , , |

“A Constant Teaching and Practice of the Church”

U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke stands with his crosier as he celebrates a Mass of thanksgiving at the Pontifical North American College in Rome November 22 (CNS photo/Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo) Cardinal Burke says a post-synodal apostolic exhortation, by its very nature, does not propose new doctrine and discipline, but applies the perennial [...]

By | 2016-05-01T16:05:13+00:00 May 1st, 2016|Categories: Dossier|Tags: , , , , |
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