Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 87

87. The Church is a family of families, constantly enriched by the lives of all those domestic churches.  "In virtue of the sacrament of matrimony, every family becomes, in effect, a good for the Church.  From this standpoint, reflecting on the interplay between the family and the Church will prove a precious gift for the Church in our time.  The Church is good for the family, and the family is good for the Church.  The safeguarding of the Lord's gift in the sacrament of matrimony is a concern not only of individual families but of the entire Christian community".102

102 Relatio Finalis 2015, 52.


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 86

86.  "With inner joy and deep comfort, the Church looks to the families who remain faithful to the teachings of the Gospel, encouraging them and thanking them for the testimony they offer.  For they bear witness, in a credible way, to the beauty of marriage as indissoluble and perpetually faithful. Within the family 'which could be called a domestic church' (Lumen Gentium, 11), individuals enter upon an ecclesial experience of communion among persons, which reflects, through grace, they mystery of the Holy Trinity.  'Here one learns endurance and the joy of work, fraternal love, generous - even repeated - forgiveness, and above all divine worship in prayer and the offering of one's life' (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1657)".101

101 Relatio Synodi 2014, 23.


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Monday, October 24, 2016

Amoris Laetitia-Par. 85

85.  The Church is called to cooperate with parents through suitable pastoral initiatives, assisting them in the fulfilment of their educational mission.  She must always do this by helping them to appreciate their proper role and to realize that by their reception of the sacrament of marriage they become ministers of their children's education.  In educating them, they build up the Church, 99 and in so doing, they accept a God-given vocation.100

99 John Paul II, Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio (28 November 1981) 38: AAS 74 (1982), 129.
100 Cf. Address to the Diocesan Conference of Rome (14 June 2015): L'Osservatore Romano, 15-16 June 2015, p.8.


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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Amoris Laetitia-Par. 84

84.  The Synod of Fathers also wished to emphasize that "one of the fundamental challenges facing families today is undoubtedly that of raising children, made all the more difficult and complex by today's cultural reality and the powerful influence of the media".94  "The Church assumes a valuable role in supporting families, starting with Christian initiation, through welcoming communities".95  At the same time I feel it important to reiterate that the overall education of children is a "most serious duty" and at the same time a "primary right" of parents.96  This is not just a task or a burden, but an essential and inalienable right that parents are called to defend and of which no one may claim to deprive them.  The State offers educational programmes in a subsidiary way, supporting the parents in their  indeclinable role;  parents themselves enjoy the right to choose freely the kind of education - accessible and of good quality - which they wish to give their children in accordance with their convictions.  Schools do not replace parents, but complement them.  This is a basic prinicple; "all other participants in the process of education are only able to carry out their responsibilities in the name of the parents, with their consent and, to a certain degree, with their authorization".97  Still, "a rift has opened up between the family and society, between family and the school;  the educational pact today has been broken and thus the educational alliance between society and the family in crisis".98

94 Relatio Synodi 2014, 60.
95 Ibid., 61
96 Code of Canon Law, c. 1136; cf. Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, 627.
97 Ponticial Council for the Family, The Truth and Meany of Human Sexuality (8 December 1995), 23.
98 Catechesis (20 May 2015): L'Osservatore Romano, 21 May 2015, p.8.


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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Amoris Laetitia-Par. 83

83.  Here I feel it urgent to state that, if the family is the sanctuary of life, the place where life is conceived and cared for, it is a horrendous contradiction when it becomes a place where life is rejected and destroyed.  So great is the value of a human life, and so inalienable the right to life of an innocent child growing in the mother's womb, that no alleged right to one's own body can justify a decision to terminate that life, which is an end in itself and which can never be considered the "property" of another human being.  The family protects human life in all its stages, including the last.  Consequently, "those who work in healthcare facilities are reminded of the moral duty of conscientious objection.  Similarly, the Church not only feels that urgency to assert the right to a natural death, without aggressive treatment and euthanasia", but likewise "firmly rejects the death penalty".93

93 Relatio Finalis 2015, 64.


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