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USCCB publishes report on implementation of Amoris Laetitia

September 28, 2016

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has published a report on the reception and implementation of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia.

The report was written at the request of Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the general secretary of the Synod of Bishops, and is based on 59 responses to a survey of bishops and leaders of Catholic organizations.

“Bishops, lay leaders, and families in the United States have proactively sought to receive Pope Francis’s teachings joyfully and to implement them in our shared task of caring for marriages and families,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, the president of the USCCB, who stated that the bishops’ conference may soon develop a “renewed, comprehensive pastoral plan for marriage and family life ministry and advocacy.”

“Media reports and commentaries have tended at times to present a myopic view of Amoris Laetitia, with interest in only a few topics out of a broad range covered in the exhortation,” the USCCB report stated, as it discussed how the apostolic exhortation is being implemented.

The report concluded:

Respondents indicated that further resources on the application of some aspects of Amoris Laetitia, such as those treating the internal forum and reception of the sacraments with regard to persons in irregular marital situations, would be helpful. The same was mentioned about some of the key terms and concepts such as discernment, integration, gradualness, conscience, and mercy.


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  • Posted by: filioque - Sep. 28, 2016 6:32 PM ET USA

    This is shameful. ElizabethD has it exactly right. If our brave bishops really have any doubts, then they should go to the office that might even give them a straight answer, although even that should not be taken for granted. We already know the Pope's answer: "There is no other interpretation." God help us.

  • Posted by: feedback - Sep. 28, 2016 1:55 PM ET USA

    The Church's deposit of Faith does not change from Pope to Pope or from Encyclical to Encyclical. In the case of "Amoris," to too many Catholics and even non-Catholics the deposit of Faith appears to be fundamentally changed in regard to Marriage, Eucharist and Christian sexual morality. This now requires high quality clarification grounded in the Sacred Scripture and Tradition, and ASAP: the sooner - the better.

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Sep. 28, 2016 9:04 AM ET USA

    I laughed when it said the bishops want to be advised on what "discernment, integration, gradualness, conscience, and mercy" mean in AL. I know this was in response to Baldisseri requesting it but maybe the bishops should address their dubia to the CDF and Cardinal Muller, who would have a good perspective on the real meaning of words. Of course, the question is not what words mean but what they are intended and made to mean: "According to whose mind is this to be interpreted?"