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New Guidelines on Amoris Laetitia Issued by Archbishop Chaput

On Friday, July 1st, Archbishop Charles Chaput issued new guidelines for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on the local application of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (Joy of Love in the Family) issued April 8th. 

In his Philadelphia “Pastorial Guidelines for Implementing Amoris Laetitia,” Archbishop Chaput says, “In issuing Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis once again calls the Church to renew and intensify the Christian missionary proclamation of God’s mercy, while presenting more persuasively the Church’s teaching about the nature of the family and the Sacrament of Matrimony.  Amoris Laetitia has sections of exceptional beauty and usefulness on the nature of family life and marital loe.  Over the next year (2016-2017), these will be a key resource in revising and upgrading our Archdiocese of Philadelphia marriage preparation programs. 

“In all of this, the Holy Father, in union with the whole Church, hopes to strengthen existing families, and to reach out to those whose marriages have failed, including those alienated from the life of the Church.

Amoris Laetitia therefore calls for a sensitive accompaniment of those with an imperfect grasp of Christian teaching on marriage and family life, who may not be living in accord with Catholic belief, and yet desire to be more fully integrated into Church life, including the Sacraments of Penance and Eucharist.”

I encourage you to read both Archbishop Chaput’s thoughtful Pastoral Guidelines and Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation in their entirety to grasp the meaning and intent of both documents for our lives by clicking on the following links:

Pastoral Guidelines for Implementing Amoris Laetitia, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, July 1, 2016

Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, April 8, 2016  

As always, please see or contact me with any questions at the parish office 610.644.1655

-- Fr. Mike

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