Aparecida 431: Family, Persons, and Life

The ninth chapter of the Aparecida document will treat the multiple and interlocking issues that involve human relationships. This examination will take us to section #475, so let’s get started.

FAMILY, PERSONS, AND LIFE

431. We cannot pause here to analyze all the issues involved in the Church’s pastoral activity, nor can we propose finished plans or exhaustive lines of action. We will merely devote attention to some issues that have become particularly relevant recently, so that Bishops Conferences and other local bodies may subsequently move to broader, concrete considerations adapted to the needs of their own territory.

If you would like a list of topics, here goes: marriage and family, children, adolescents, the elderly, women, men, pro-life issues, the environment. That would seem to cover most everything, but keep in mind that the Aparecida bishops saw this document as the start, not the end. Before his election to Rome, Pope Francis saw the effort of this document as “not sufficient to itself, it doesn’t close, it is not the last step, because the final opening is to the mission.”

The mission to persons continues in the next few dozen posts.

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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