Friday, March 31, 2017

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 243

243.  It is important that the divorced who have entered a new union should be made to feel part of the Church.  "They are not excommunicated" and they should not be treated as such, since they remain part of the ecclesial community.261  These situations "require careful discernment and respectful accompaniment.  Language or conduct that might lead them to feel discriminated against should be avoided, and they should be encouraged to participate in the life of the community.  The Christian community's care of such persons is not to be considered a weakening of its faith and testimony to the indissolubility of marriage; rather, such care is a particular expression of its charity".262

261 Catechesis (5 August 2015): L'Osservatore Romano, 6 August 2015, p.7.
262 Relatio Synodi 2014, 51; cf. Relatio Finalis 2015, 84.