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Amoris Laetitia: The Church is the “Ark” that Shelters the Family

As Apostolic Exhortations go, Amoris Laetitia has been one of the most widely read – and furiously commented upon – in recent memory. Issued following the October 2014 Extraordinary and October 2015 Ordinary Synods on the Family, the document given to the world by Pope Francis is an eloquent meditation on love, marriage and family life. [...]

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 [...]

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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+00:00May 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 [...]

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

Apostolic Exhortation "Amoris Laetitia" 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 [...]

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