Marriage - Digging Deeper

Bishop Conley Reassures Clergy
Over 'Amoris Laetitia'
LINCOLN, NE, December 11, 2016 -- Clarity and renewal can be the fruit of disputes and disagreements, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln said to his priests on Monday, reassuring them in the face of confusion regarding Amoris laetitia.


How the ‘Dubia’ Drama Will End
LONDON, December 2, 2016 -- Pope Francis has declined to answer four cardinals’ ‘doubts’ about his teaching on marriage. The Church is now in uncharted territory.


On theReading of Amoris Laetitia  
in Light of Church Teaching:
A True and Living Icon
PORTLAND, OR, October 14,2016 -- Archbishop Alexander Sample wrote this pastoral letter seeking to correct what he called “troublesome” misuse of Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation on marriage and family life. In it, Archbishop Sample said that Pope Francis’ exhortation, issued in April, has rightly been lauded by Catholics and non-Catholics alike for its pastoral approach. The image of the church as a “field hospital,” the archbishop wrote, is a potent reminder of the services provided by priests, deacons, and parish staffs, as well as the wounded that they care for.


Archbishop Chaput:
Pope Francis Shows Continuity
on Divorce, Remarriage

PHILADELPHIA, July 7, 2016  -- Pope Francis’ teaching on divorce-and-remarriage and the sacraments represents Catholic tradition and shows the way forward for engaging those who are estranged and hurting, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has said.


Cardinal Ennio Antonelli“Amoris Laetitia.” Basic Tips For Not Losing the Way
ROME, July 6, 2016 – They are formulated by Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, who however asks also for “further guidelines on the part of the competent authority.” To prevent “risks and abuses both among pastors and among the faithful” 


Interview with Robert Spaemann on
Amoris Laetitia
STUTTGART, Germany, April 29, 2016 -- Greatly valued as an advisor by Saint John Paul II, a friend of Benedict XVI, and widely held to be the most important German Catholic philosopher of recent decades, Robert Spaemann, emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Munich, expressed a distinctly critical interpretation of Amoris laetitia in this interview with Anian Christoph Wimmer, editor of CNA's German-language edition. Please see the full text of the interview.


Pope Francis:
Adequate Preparation for Marriage
VATICAN, January 22, 2106 -- In the Clementine Hall today, Pope Francis received in audience the members of the Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota for the inauguration of the Judicial Year, and reiterated to them that their ministry has always been of great help to the Successor of Peter, "so that the Church, inseparably linked to the family, continues to proclaim the plan of God the Creator and the Redeemer on the sacredness and beauty of the family institution. A mission that is always current, but of special relevance in our time". 


Pope Francis:
Adequate Preparation for Marriage
VATICAN, January 22, 2106 -- In the Clementine Hall today, Pope Francis received in audience the members of the Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota for the inauguration of the Judicial Year, and reiterated to them that their ministry has always been of great help to the Successor of Peter, "so that the Church, inseparably linked to the family, continues to proclaim the plan of God the Creator and the Redeemer on the sacredness and beauty of the family institution. A mission that is always current, but of special relevance in our time". 


Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia with Pope Francis.

Archbishop Chaput on the Synod:
‘Very Positive,’ but Not Problem-Free
VATICAN October 23, 2015 At this year’s Synod on the Family, Archbishop Charles Chaput might be dubbed “The Shepherd of Truth.”


The Saint and the Synod– 
John Paul II’s Legacy
Still Seen in Church Teaching
VATICAN, October 22, 2015 -- Though it has been more than 10 years since the death of Pope John Paul II, the saint’s impact can still be seen in those working to uphold Church teaching at the Synod on the Family, said his former secretary.


Pope: Divorce and Remarriage
Contradicts the Sacrament, but
Church Always Reaches 
VATICAN, August 5, 2015 -- Echoing his predecessors on the need to care for divorced and remarried persons, Pope Francis said Christians should help these persons integrate into the community rather than treating them as though they are excommunicated.


Cardinal: Divorced, Remarried Catholics
Need Support for Conversion,
Not Changes on Communion
VATICAN, June 11, 2015 -- Catholics who have divorced and remarried need help for the “difficult climb” of conversion and spiritual growth, not a change in Church practice on the reception of Holy Communion, a prominent cardinal said.


Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk and other Eastern Catholic bishops gathered at St. Peter's Square, Nov. 27, 2013. Credit: Kyle Burkhart/CNA.

Polish, Eastern Catholic Bishops
Stand Firm on
Pastoral Care for Families
ROME, Jun 9, 2015 -- During recent meetings which were held separately, both the Polish bishops and the Eastern Catholic bishops from Europe have discussed the family in view of the upcoming Synod on the Family, and are likely to uphold Catholic pastoral care for families.




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