Pope Francis’ post-synod document to be released April 8

Long-awaited response of Holy Father won't include any 'eyebrow raisers'
Opening session of the Synod of Bishops, Oct. 6, 2014. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

Opening session of the Synod of Bishops, Oct. 6, 2014. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

The following comes from a March 31 Catholic News Agency article by Elise Harris:

The Vatican announced Thursday that Pope Francis’ highly anticipated post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the gifts and challenges of family life will be published April 8.

Titled “Amoris Laetitia,” on love in the family, the document will officially be presented to journalists next Friday, April 8, in Italian, French, English, German, Spanish and Portuguese.

The apostolic exhortation is the conclusion of a two-year synod process discussing both the beauty and challenges of family life today.

Francis’ exhortation is expected to be based largely on the final report from the synod, which was released Oct. 24. That report reflected collegiality among the bishops, though two of the 94 paragraphs were included by only a slim margin.

Rumors have consistently circulated as to what the Pope will say regarding the issues of communion and homosexuality. However, in a recent book-length interview with Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli titled “The Name of God is Mercy,” Francis dropped a few hints that there will be no eyebrow raisers, and that not much will change in terms of Church teaching and current pastoral practice.

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  1. Joel Fago says:

    I hope and pray that Cardinal Burke comments on the document which I expect to be ambiguous. Mercy without justice is false compassion.

  2. Clinton R. says:

    We should prepare for traditional Catholic teaching to be undermined once again. The problem in the Church ever since the Council is the fact documents and encyclicals are written without anathemas and thus have been stated in such a way that comes off as open ended and often downright heretical.

  3. Gratias says:

    Oh my. I fear Pope Francisco will forbid air conditioning for gay marriages.

  4. drewelow says:

    laudatio sit has superseded anathema sit. don’t worry , they could always use use us in Malta.

  5. Bob One says:

    Why don’t we wait until Friday and see what the document says? Then let each side have at each other.

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