Amoris Laetitia

Pope to church: Be more accepting of gays and lesbians, divorced Catholics


  • This is the headline of the article posted on CNN.COM this morning.  It should not come as a surprise that a document title translated in English as Love, Joy (On Love in the Family) has this as it’s eye catcher. After all in our society, how many even read last the headline?  Put the most flashy and main stream acceptable verbiage is their goal.

  • Even so, this document contains outstanding teaching of our faith.  No doctrine has been changed, rest assured.  What it does is give life to the teachings is a means  to awaken the pastoral and caring nature of all Catholic, which we are all called to do.  Here is the points I find most applicable to our apostolate.

  • Pope Francis urged priests around the world to be more accepting of gays and lesbians, divorced Catholics and other people living in what the church considers “irregular” situations.

  • He emphasizes that “unjust discrimination” against gays and lesbians is unacceptable, downplays the idea of “living in sin” and suggests that priests should use their own discretion on whether divorced Catholics in new marriages can take Communion.

  • The Pope does not change Catholic doctrine on homosexuality, marriage, birth control or abortion in the paper.

  • In fact, he reiterates that marriage between a man and a woman remains the Catholic ideal, superior to other forms of union.

  • “In order to avoid all misunderstanding, I would point out that in no way must the Church desist from proposing the full idea of marriage,” he writes.

  • A “great variety of family situations … can offer a certain stability, but de facto or same-sex unions, for example, may not simply be equated with marriage,” he says.

  • “Every person, regardless of sexual orientation, ought to be respected in his or her dignity and treated with consideration.”

  • So while this does not change any official teachings of Mother Church, it does, in fact bring to the forefront in bold fashion what we should be doing as faithful followers of Jesus.  Today’s society has lost its compassion for their follow man.  It is a “horray for me and the hell to you” mentality.  This Pope has a mission to exhort us to find our true spirit, to find our way back.  What was that famous quote we have heard since we were just tots “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. That is all the Pope Francis is asking.












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