Remember that Amoris Laetitia is online in pdf format here. Read ahead or back, as you wish.
More self-criticism for the Church. Accurate or unfair?
37. We have long thought that simply by stressing doctrinal, bioethical and moral issues, without encouraging openness to grace, we were providing sufficient support to families, strengthening the marriage bond and giving meaning to marital life.
Marriage: lifelong burden or dynamic path to development?
We find it difficult to present marriage more as a dynamic path to personal development and fulfilment than as a lifelong burden. We also find it hard to make room for the consciences of the faithful, who very often respond as best they can to the Gospel amid their limitations, and are capable of carrying out their own discernment in complex situations. We have been called to form consciences, not to replace them.
The last sentence I’ve seen quoted in a few places the past few weeks. My sense is that the imposition of conscience often results in a certain sullen quality in the approach of people who haven’t really formed their consciences, but are just imitating those they see as virtuous. Or worse, those who hold themselves up as prime examples.