Statement of Bishop John Stowe on apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia

April 8, 2016

April 8, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information, contact:
Thomas F. Shaughnessy
Director of Communications
Office: (859)253-1993, ext. 258
Cell: (859)230-4446
E-mail: tshaughnessy@cdlex.org

Statement of Bishop John Stowe on apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia

“The Church has been anxiously awaiting Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation following two sessions of the Synod of Bishops treating the issues of the contemporary family. At the sessions, the pope encouraged open and bold dialogue and that occurred. Especially as the situations of the divorced and civilly remarried were discussed, there was lively discussion about how the Church should best uphold the permanence and indissolubility of marriage and be pastorally inclusive to those in situations deemed ‘irregular.’ In Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), the pope does not create new rules nor a universal solution, but rather a path of discernment for those in irregular circumstances with the pastoral accompaniment of a priest. The apostolic exhortation goes through Scripture and the Tradition of the Church to both uphold the theology of marriage and simultaneously encourage the exercise of Christ-like mercy towards those who fall short of the ideal. It requires close and careful reading and offers material for reflection and prayer for all members of the Church.”

—30—