Category Archives: Amoris Laetitia

Amoris Laetitia 310: All Human Beings Receive Mercy

These citation of mercy echo the Scriptures, mainly Saint John on love. We are able to love because God first loved us. 310. We cannot forget that “mercy is not only the working of the Father; it becomes a criterion … Continue reading

Posted in Amoris Laetitia | Leave a comment

Amoris Laetitia 309: The Place of Mercy

The document proclaiming the Jubilee of Mercy is cited here. Included are a few memorable images from the Holy Father: 309. It is providential that these reflections take place in the context of a Holy Year devoted to mercy, because … Continue reading

Posted in Amoris Laetitia | Leave a comment

Amoris Laetitia 308: Doing Our Best

A facebook friend recently mused about the “enabling” or “sinful” matter of giving an alcoholic money for food so that she or he could spend her or his own money on booze. The question seems to avoid the notion that … Continue reading

Posted in Amoris Laetitia | 2 Comments

Amoris Laetitia 307: The Logic of Pastoral Mercy

Chapter Eight finishes off with six paragraphs under the heading of “The Logic of Pastoral Mercy.” I suppose we can ask questions: What logic is this? How is this pastoral? Where’s the mercy? Those troubled by Amoris Laetitia 305 and its … Continue reading

Posted in Amoris Laetitia | Leave a comment

Amoris Laetitia 306: Charity in the Bible

The Holy Father offers a brief paragraph, but one with significant support from the Bible: 306. In every situation, when dealing with those who have difficulties in living God’s law to the full, the invitation to pursue the via caritatis … Continue reading

Posted in Amoris Laetitia | Leave a comment

Amoris Laetitia 305: Discernment for Sacraments

We continue with an examination of the balance between “rules and discernment.” Let’s read carefully here, noting that this paragraph begins with the perspective not of a moral theologian, but a local shepherd who cares for real live sheep: 305. … Continue reading

Posted in Amoris Laetitia | 3 Comments

Amoris Laetitia 304: Rules and Discernment

Shall we look at “Rules and Discernment”? In the previous paragraph, Pope Francis described as “dynamic” the nature of discernment in difficult situations. He is certainly correct. He calls upon the angelic doctor again to help us sort between essential … Continue reading

Posted in Amoris Laetitia | 2 Comments

Amoris Laetitia 303: The Best We Can Do

Finishing up this discussion on “mitigating factors,” Pope Francis offers his own commentary here. As I’ve found throughout the document, it strikes me as typically Ignatian: 303. Recognizing the influence of such concrete factors, we can add that individual conscience … Continue reading

Posted in Amoris Laetitia | 2 Comments

Amoris Laetitia 302: Particular Mitigating Factors

In the last paragraph, Pope Francis called on the witness of saints and modern bishops to assist in making the case for factors that mitigate against a blanket approach to all instances of objective sin. He gets specific here, starting … Continue reading

Posted in Amoris Laetitia | Leave a comment

Amoris Laetitia 301: Mitigating Factors In Pastoral Discernment

The third of five Chapter Eight themes examines “Mitigating factors in pastoral discernment.” In this paragraph and the two that follow we’ll wrestle with factors that mitigate against a single approach to all instances of divorce and remarriage. To begin … Continue reading

Posted in Amoris Laetitia | Leave a comment

Amoris Laetitia 300: Encouraging Discernment

Critics of the pope sometimes like to employ the one-size-fits-all diagnosis. Like “adultery.” Even field hospitals employing triage don’t do things like that. And authentic accompaniment takes time. The synod bishops recognized this: 300. If we consider the immense variety … Continue reading

Posted in Amoris Laetitia | 6 Comments

Amoris Laetitia 299: Looking At Integration

This paragraph has a lengthy quote from the final document of the synod bishops: 299. I am in agreement with the many Synod Fathers who observed that “the baptized who are divorced and civilly remarried need to be more fully … Continue reading

Posted in Amoris Laetitia | Leave a comment

Amoris Laetitia 298: No Remarriage Is Quite the Same As Another

Regarding a remarried person, we cannot hope to summarize using one classification: 298. The divorced who have entered a new union, for example, can find themselves in a variety of situations, which should not be pigeonholed or fit into overly … Continue reading

Posted in Amoris Laetitia | 4 Comments

Amoris Laetitia 297: Reaching Out, and Keeping Boundaries

The basic pastoral stance is that Catholics reach out to everyone: 297. It is a matter of reaching out to everyone, of needing to help each person find his or her proper way of participating in the ecclesial community and … Continue reading

Posted in Amoris Laetitia | 3 Comments

Amoris Laetitia 296: The Discernment of “Irregular” Situations

Today, a pastoral thought from Pope Francis who leads out this topic which occupies paragraphs 296 through 300: The Discernment of “Irregular” Situations (Cf. Catechesis (24 June 2015)) 296. The Synod addressed various situations of weakness or imperfection. Here I … Continue reading

Posted in Amoris Laetitia | Leave a comment