WASHINGTON, April 8, 2016 – Pope Francis has called for understanding of those who seek the church, but do not fit the churches views on marriage, abortion and other social issues. When the Pope visited America in 2015, the liberal minded rejoiced when the Pope seemed to be softening the churches stance on gay marriage, however his “Amoris Laetitia” says that while the church should understand, and provide pastoral care, to all people, that in the eyes of the church marriage is between a man and a woman.
“There are no big changes in doctrine here, but the document says change should not come from doctrine, that there is a need for decisions to be based on what the document calls ‘concrete situations,’ or ‘real-life situations’,” said Gian Guido Vecchi, a veteran Vatican expert with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
Speaking at the Closing Mass of the Eigthh World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia (September 27, 2015) his Holiness Pop Francis said:
Anyone who wants to bring into this world a family which teaches children to be excited by every gesture aimed at overcoming evil – a family which shows that the Spirit is alive and at work – will encounter our gratitude and our appreciation. Whatever the family, people, religion or region to which they belong!
Which seemed to open a door of understanding and acceptance and non traditional marriage and family, however with today’s release, Pope Francis clarifies his position of love, acceptance but not condoning gay marriage.
Divorced Catholics, which have been prohibited by the church from remarrying or taking communion unless their failed marriage are annulled by the church, which can be an at best lengthy, at worst impossible task, may see some hope that they will be once again embraced by the church.
The apostolic exhortation says that a “breach of the marriage bond” is “against the will of God.” But it also said that while the church “constantly holds up the call to perfection” it must also “care for the weakest of her children, who show signs of wounded and troubled love, restoring them hope and confidence, like the beacon of a lighthouse in a port.” (USA Today)