Reading ‘Amoris Laetitia’ in the New Light of Easter
Copies of the post-synodal apostolic exhortation 'Amoris Laetitia' (The Joy of Love) at the Vatican press office. (Credit: Andrew Medichini/AP.)
Jesuit Father James F. Keenan says Easter week is the perfect time to re-read Pope Francis’s 'Amoris Laetitia' - or read it for the first time. He says for Christians, newness is not a contradiction of the past; it’s born from it. The newness of 'Amoris Laetitia' brilliantly brings the tradition into the present, for the sake of the future.
For Christians, newness is not a contradiction of the past; it’s born from it. The newness of Amoris brilliantly brings the tradition into the present, for the sake of the future. Our tradition must always develop, as the great theologian Marie Dominique Chenu taught; otherwise we cannot bear it into the future.
As you read Amoris, let me offer what I think is new in Amoris.
- Amoris marks a turning point.
- The fruit of a synodal church.
- Pace, doctrine! It’s a pastoral exhortation.
- The marital theology is profoundly concrete and relational.
- Not surprisingly you need a primer to read it.
- Moral Theology has a new task: To accompany others in the formation of their own consciences.
- The habit of invoking one’s conscience is moral discernment.
- Accompaniment is the model of Amoris’s ministry.
- This accompaniment engages and does not suppress the Catholic conscience.
- This ministry of accompaniment is not unlike the pastoral teachings of Pope John Paul II.
- It accompanies the consciences even of the divorced and remarried Catholics.
- Restorer of mercy.
NOTE: There's a lot of text twixt the bullet points, so reading the actual article would prolly be quite beneficial.