‘Amoris Laetitia’ and Serious Dialogue


National Catholic Register, 19 October 2017

The contributions from a recent conference of proponents at Boston College can be engaged as an avenue for considering the document’s potential and perils.

Earlier this month at Boston College, an important theological conference took place on Amoris Laetitia, the apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis that has occasioned so much controversy.

The conference, entitled “Amoris Laetitia: A New Momentum for Moral Formation and Pastoral Practice,” was organized by the Jesuit Institute and hosted by its director, Jesuit Father James Keenan, and the archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Blase Cupich.

The speakers gathered included some of the leading proponents of the view, plausibly proposed as the one held by the Holy Father himself, that Amoris Laetitia permits a change in the sacramental discipline regarding confession and Holy Communion for those living in a conjugal relationship while being validly (and perhaps sacramentally) married to someone else. 

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