Pope Francis’ Post Synodal Exhoration, Amoris Laetitia, (The Joy of Love) published April 14, 2016, draws on the long history of Church teaching and reflects a very intense Synodal experience that extended over two and a half years. The very title suggests the positive thrust that despite all of these challenges, despite the failures, there is a joy of love, and a beauty of marriage. If we want to talk about a future for humanity, we must talk about families. The exhortation draws from both the new and the old. Francis, like his predecessors, recognizes the complexity of modern family life. We can no longer speak of the ideal family or the perfect family. The exhortation puts an added emphasis on the Church and her ministers to be close to people no matter what their situations may be and in no way is this exhortation a theoretical text with no connection to real problems. It addresses just about everything.
Fr. Rosica served as the English-language Media Attaché at the October 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family and the October 2015 Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family. He works closely with the Holy See Press Office.
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