The Aparecida bishops give their people fourteen proposals for ministries to the family. I think many of these are worthy of significant comment. Let’s look to spend several days on this. I’ll offer one or two proposals at a time, each on separate posts. With my experience north of the US-Mexico border, my commentary will be more aligned with the pastoral situation in my country. I think many of the proposals will address needs outside of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Summing up after the following brief paragraph …
437. In order to protect and support the family, actions such as the following may be undertaken by family ministry:
- commitment from other groups
- Marriage preparation
- political advocacy
- formation for difficult situations
- care for those in difficulties
- responsible parenthood
- studying family crises
- formation for pastoral ministers
- unmarried couples
- children without parents
- pregnant teens and single mothers
It’s a substantial list. We’ll begin looking at it tomorrow.
For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.