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Bishop interprets Amoris Laetitia in manner consistent with prior papal teaching

January 18, 2017

Bishop Steven Lopes of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter has issued “A Pledged Troth,” a pastoral letter on Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia.

Bishop Lopes, who shepherds communities of former Anglicans in the United States and Canada, writes that Amoris Laetitia “boldly presents God’s plan for marriage.”

In a brief section on the pastoral accompaniment of couples who have remarried outside the Church, Bishop Lopes interprets Amoris Laetitia in a manner consistent with prior papal teaching, stating that such persons may be absolved and admitted to Holy Communion if they are “committed to complete continence.”

Bishop Lopes worked from 2005 until 2015 as a staff member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.


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  • Posted by: mwean7331 - Jan. 19, 2017 12:20 AM ET USA

    Has the Bishop relayed this to the German Bishops? I think the German and other liberal Bishops have and are "sweeping" that "little" directive of complete continence "under the rug"

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Jan. 18, 2017 2:07 PM ET USA

    The headline implies that this is now "man bites dog."

  • Posted by: feedback - Jan. 18, 2017 1:14 PM ET USA

    The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter is for those who decided to leave the Anglican Communion and join the Roman Catholic Church as their true "home," after sincere and deliberate search for the authentic teachings of Christ. They give living witness to the Faith that makes it impossible to dismiss their understanding and appreciation for the Magisterium of the Church. Opinion expressed in this pastoral letter should really become the tipping point of the whole AL controversy.