Amoris Laetitia 55: Men

amoris laetitia memeYesterday, women. Today, men. Let’s read:

55. Men “play an equally decisive role in family life, particularly with regard to the protection and support of their wives and children… Many men are conscious of the importance of their role in the family and live their masculinity accordingly. The absence of a father gravely affects family life and the upbringing of children and their integration into society. This absence, which may be physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual, deprives children of a suitable father figure”. (Relatio Finalis 2015, 28)

In the past, war and famine and death deprived families of fathers. Today, it still happens, but is theoretically preventable. American men these days, as a whole, are more involved with their families than they ever were. That, despite the wars … on drugs, for oil, and such. Elsewhere in the world, I wonder.

How does human culture, including the Church, foster the maximization of husbands and fathers? I think society looks to people as cogs. The Church isn’t always focused on lay men. Both elements can do better, I think.

For your reference, remember that Amoris Laetitia is online here.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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