Amoris Laetitia, beyond appearances

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The people of God should read Amoris Laetitia from cover to cover, thoughtfully and thoroughly. The faithful and shepherds should implement it together, each one with their own tasks and functions. Its longest part concerns the beauty of the gift of marriage, lived as faithful and responsible love, full both of joy and difficulties. Several times, the Pope has cited examples of rich life stories of couples with children who chose to welcome the poor, children with disabilities, the elderly, and the needy as a gift.

It also clearly expresses a secure line on marriage between a man and a woman, overtly condemning the lobbies and States that want to silence the Church on important questions, such as life and abortion, euthanasia, gender, and surrogacy.

Not to forget chapter eight, in which the media took a lot of interest. It contains an interesting pastoral line: the Pope asks the bishops to stop being spectators and become pastors or teachers, close to people and their lives, to the point of assuming responsibility before God and men with regard to the nullity of the marriage and other situations: marriage between Christians of different denominations, between people of different religions, separated, divorced and remarried, all of which are different situations that need to be studied.

Besides, its nr. 300 proposes an actual penitential journey. I quote: “ Priests have the duty to “accompany [the divorced and remarried] in helping them to understand their situation according to the teaching of the Church and the guidelines of the bishop. Useful in this process is an examination of conscience through moments of reflection and repentance. The divorced and remarried should ask themselves: how did they act towards their children when the conjugal union entered into crisis; whether or not they made attempts at reconciliation; what has become of the abandoned party; what consequences the new relationship has on the rest of the family and the community of the faithful; and what example is being set for young people who are preparing for marriage. A sincere reflection can strengthen trust in the mercy of God which is not denied anyone.”

I also think that these brothers and sisters have to walk together with the people of God, not separate paths. The Holy Spirit continues to guide the Church and the Pope very well.

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