Amoris Laetitia 1: The Joy of Love

amoris laetitia memeAs always, I recommend reading the actual document Amoris Laetitia. That said, the synod bishops were inclined more to joy than depression over the state of marriage in the world:

1. The Joy of Love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church. As the Synod Fathers noted, for all the many signs of crisis in the institution of marriage, “the desire to marry and form a family remains vibrant, especially among young people, and this is an  inspiration to the Church.”(Relatio Synodi (18 October 2014), 2) As a response to that desire, “the Christian proclamation on the family is good news indeed” (Relatio Finalis (24 October 2015), 3)

I noticed a few headlines on facebook and the google along the lines of “five points to hear about from me” or “ten takeaways that you can have too.” I think the very first paragraph here sets the tone. Marriage and family is good news. One might also say it has the substance of joy. What do you say?

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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7 Responses to Amoris Laetitia 1: The Joy of Love

  1. charlesincenca says:

    The tone is hopeful, yes.
    Jimmy Akins was rather succinct and measured, I thought. Conversely, Skojec and MMatt chirped in like Chicken Little as one would expect. Haven’t got to Rorate yet.
    Suggestion, change yer graphic, it looks like the bride and groom are in a shower stall. That could be a good thing, were they not dandily attired.;-)
    The document will require deep scrutiny, thanks for taking it on.

  2. Devin Rice says:

    Hahah. “The desire to marry and form a family remains vibrant, especially among young people.” Wow did the Pope and Synod write this with a straight face? Certainly this is true in among a select group of the faithful, but society as a whole… no way. I know they are trying attract more flies with honey and than with vinegar, but certainly there was a way of opening up positive while remaining honest.

    • Todd says:

      I think I would lean to the synod’s perspective, given the aiming at the ideals of marriage in film culture, among others. They also write with an eye to the whole world, not some embittered corner of the First World. The non-Christian score on marriage has never been 100%, but it’s certainly nowhere near zero today.

      • Melody says:

        Agree with Todd that the score for marriage is nowhere near zero. Our pastor indulged in a bit of wistfullness in his homily last weekend, saying that it seemed like only the gays want to get married anymore. I felt like saying, “But Father, isn’t the church booked for weddings pretty much through tbe summer, not to mention October?” October is the new June.

  3. David Naas says:

    Thanks be to God, Alleluia, Alleluia.
    OK, that was my first thought.
    Really, I have been staying far away from the “analysis” which coat a thin veneer of faith over slathered layers of political bias. How in (blank, blank, blank) could those pundits have read the whole thing, and managed to comprehend it so fast? (Of coursed, if one is using a Procrustean bed one need not comprehend, only blather.
    I like your approach better.

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