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Debates on Amoris Laetitia will bear fruit: Cardinal Ouellet

August 05, 2016

The prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops believes that the debates generated by the release of Amoris Laetitia will lead to a better understanding of the Catholic approach to marriage.

Speaking in Toronto to a convention of the Knights of Columbus, Cardinal Marc Ouellet said that the “controversies around Amoris Laetitia are understandable, but, in all confidence, I believe they might even be fruitful in the end.” The Canadian cardinal said that the papal document is “worth reading and re-reading, slowly, one chapter after another,” to absorb the message.

The fundamental message, Cardinal Ouellet said, is not a change in Church teaching by “a new pastoral approach: more patient and respectful, more dialogical and merciful.” When it is properly understood and implemented, he said, it “will bear fruit for all Christian families.”

 

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