Thursday, September 1, 2016

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 32

The current reality of the family 

32.   “Faithful to Christ’s teaching we look to the reality of the family today in all its complexity, with both its lights and shadows… Anthropological and cultural changes in our times influence all aspects of life and call for an analytic and diversified approach”.9    Several decades ago, the Spanish bishops noted that families have come to enjoy great- er freedom “through an equitable distribution of duties, responsibilities and tasks”; indeed, “a greater emphasis on personal communication between the spouses helps to make family life more humane”, while “neither today’s society nor that to which we are progressing allow an uncritical survival of older forms and models”.10 It is also evident that “the principal tendencies in anthropological-cultural changes” are leading “individuals, in personal and family life, to receive less and less support from social structures than in the past”.11

9 Relatio Synodi 2014, 5. 
10 Spanish Bishops’ Conference, Matrimonio y familia (6 July 1979), 3, 16, 23. 
11 Relatio Finalis 2015, 5.