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Archbishop Chaput to lead US bishops’ working group on Amoris Laetitia

June 02, 2016

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has appointed Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia as chairman of a working group that will monitor the implementation of Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’s recent apostolic exhortation on love in the family.

Archbishop Chaput has taken a clear stand in opposition to a change in Church discipline that would allow divorced-and-remarried Catholics to receive Communion: a question that remains in dispute after the publication of Amoris Laetitia. However, he said that his role on the US bishops' committee would have "no policy dimension." The archbishop told the Catholic News Agency that the committee would be involved primarily in sharing information about how different bishops are responding to the papal document.

Other members of the working group are Bishop Michael Burbidge of Raleigh, Archbishop Bernard Hebda of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, and Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit.

 

 
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  • Posted by: unum - Jun. 03, 2016 8:08 AM ET USA

    I am a great admirer of Archbishop Chaput, but he sounds more like a bureaucrat than a Catholic priest when discussing his role in discussing the implementation of the Holy Father's apostolic exhortation on love in the family. Have our bishops forgotten that one of their principal duties is to teach as Jesus did? That isn't an exhortation to "share what other bishops are doing about a papal document"!