Aparecida 437: Pastoral Proposals For The Family

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
  • evangelization
  • Marriage preparation
  • political advocacy
  • formation for difficult situations
  • care for those in difficulties
  • responsible parenthood
  • studying family crises
  • formation for pastoral ministers
  • unmarried couples
  • annulments
  • children without parents
  • pregnant teens and single mothers
  • widows

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.

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