Amoris Laetitia 4: A Multifaceted Gem

amoris laetitia memeRemember to check the actual document Amoris Laetitia. Here, Pope Francis offers some personal words of thanks.

4. I must also say that the Synod process proved both impressive and illuminating. I am grateful for the many contributions that helped me to appreciate more fully the problems faced by families throughout the world. The various interventions of the Synod Fathers, to which I paid close heed, made up, as it were, a multifaceted gem refecting many legitimate concerns and honest questions. For this reason, I thought it appropriate to prepare a post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation to gather the contributions of the two recent Synods on the family, while adding other considerations as an aid to reflection, dialogue and pastoral practice, and as a help and encouragement to families in their daily commitments and challenges.

The species of document, “Apostolic Exhortation” is something of less gravity than an encyclical letter. But many of these post-synod writings are powerful and demand some careful examination. Note that Pope Francis promises more than just an organized rehashing of two meetings of bishops. You can read it all for yourself. What we’ll do here is take it in daily bites for the better part of the coming year. If that seems like Chinese water torture, consider the alternative: we could be taking seven years to wade through the Catechism.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Amoris Laetitia 4: A Multifaceted Gem

  1. Chris says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to re-read and think about this wonderful document in daily bites.


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