UPDATED: Pope Francis said what?

Ce37JtsUIAAVT_DToday we have the release of Post-Synodal Aposotlic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia
of the Holy Father Francis to Bishops, Priests, and Deacons,Consecrated Persons,Christian Married Couples, and all the Lay Faithful on Love in the Family. That is quite a title! The document was released about half an hour ago. At 260 pages, it will take me awhile to go through it, but here are some places to begin.

First up – the link to the PDF of the exhortation in English from the Vatican website. As I said, it is long.

Our second link, from William T. Ditewig writing at Aleteia says tells us that Pope Francis says this early on in the document:

“Given the rich fruits of the two-year Synod process, this Exhortation will treat, in different ways, a wide variety of questions. This explains its inevitable length. Consequently, I do not recommend a rushed reading of the text” (AL 7).

Our third link comes from Fr James Martin SJ offers us his top 10 takeaways in a piece from America magazine.This particular sentence struck me: “We should no longer talk about people ‘living in sin.’” To which I add a very loud AMEN!

There are many more things to read (see updates below), but these are great starting points. Of all who react, many will be overjoyed, many will be angered, many will be disappointed, many will be outraged. This will be interesting to follow. So much for my hiatus!

UPDATE: Some additional links for you:
From Fr Thomas Reese SJ writing at the National Catholic Reporter who suggests that we “start with chapter 4“.

Also from NCR, Vatican correspondent Joshua McElwee begins with these words… “In a radical departure from recent pastoral practice, Pope Francis has asked the world’s Catholic clergy to let their lives become “wonderfully complicated” by embracing God’s grace at work in the difficult and sometimes unconventional situations families and marriages face — even at risk of obscuring doctrinal norms..” Read more here.

Lest one accuse me of presenting only “liberal” sources, here is a link from the National Catholic Register where Edward Pentin suggests that maybe chapter 8 has cause for concern, and the challenge of ambiguity. The link can be found here.

And it is no surprise that the highly traditional One Peter Five blog says outright that Pope Francis has departed from church teaching.

Last but not least, one of my own most valued, trusted, and insightful resources is  church historian and Vatican expert Massimo Faggioli weighs in at dotCommonweal with this post.

To all of this I will add – we all have to face God with our consciences. Do we expect and desire a God of exact certitude, one that directs all in a bittorent-like stream of teaching that is precise without interpretation and lived grace? Or do we expect and desire a God of transcendent mystery, joy, and hope who invites us into full relationship? There is doctrine, there is dogma, there are rules – but there is at the heart of all of this the inviting love of Christ. It all might be hard to pin down.

 

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “UPDATED: Pope Francis said what?

  1. Yours is the first thing I’ve read — even before diving into the document. Links to exactly what I wanted and needed, plus a kicker graf that says it all. Of course!

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  2. Thanks for the links. I’ll get to the document as soon as I can and will read it slowly. But i too like the line on “living in sin.” Just yesterday I had to remind a catechist in our training session to say “en unión libre” (in free union, cohabiting) instead of “en fornicación” (in fornication). We’re working against centuries of censuring and castigating people.

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  3. Hi Fran! I spent yesterday reading summaries and commentaries. I appreciated your links to sites I don’t normally visit. Very interesting! 😉 Off to continue reading the original source. I agree. It’s going to take awhile to digest, ponder, and respond. But, I’m already loving the change in tone, language, and attitude that Francis continues to promote.

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  4. Reblogged this on News With a Catholic View and commented:
    Amoris Laetitia is causing a great deal of animated discussion both within the Church and in the world at large. This article from the blog There Will Be Bread and contains a number of links. I am withholding my own thoughts until I have had a chance to actually had a chance to finish reading the document. Enjoy.

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