Joyless about Amoris Lætitia

Amoris LaetitiaThe Catholic Church, a multi-century institution, moves at glacier speed. Pope Francis recent post-synodal apostolic exhortation finally moved the Church into the twentieth century. Like his earlier apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (EG), Francis attempts a joyful evangelical call for a renewed encounter with Jesus Christ and Christ’s covenant with humanity. For this, and his humble pastoral tone, we can be grateful. Decentralizing solutions to pastoral needs by linking praxis to cultural sensitivities and local needs (AL 3) is an important step away from a centralize hierarchy. And before Baptists start throwing stones, they should recognize that when it comes to family and sexuality, Amoris Lætitia (AL) remains a progressive document. But for the rest of us who live in the twenty-first century, the document remains highly problematic because of the way it continues the patriarchal structure of marriage, relegate women to sexist roles, and denies basic human dignity and civil rights to our LGBT brothers and sisters.

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