‘Amoris Laetitia’: overviews, reactions and analyses

Copies of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family, "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love"), are seen during the document's release at the Vatican April 8. The exhortation is the concluding document of the 2014 and 2015 synods of bishops on the family. (CNS photo | Paul Haring)

Pope Francis’ document on family life, “Amoris Laetitia” (The Joy of Love) was released today, and already plenty has been written about the expansive and much-anticipated document.

If you’d like to read the document itself, it’s available on the Vatican website.

We’ve also rounded up some overviews, analyses and reactions from around the Catholic press, all linked below.



Catholic News Service: Share truth of family with mercy, help those struggling, pope says

Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly: Family exhortation stresses accompaniment, discernment, integration

America Magazine: Pope Francis: The Church Must Integrate, Not Exclude, Catholics in ‘Irregular Situations’

National Catholic Reporter: Francis’ exhortation a radical shift to see grace in imperfection, without fearing moral confusion

National Catholic Register: Pope’s Family Document ‘Amoris Laetitia’ Tackles Complex Pastoral Challenges

Crux: Pope’s family manifesto offers cautious opening on Communion

Religion News Service: Papal document prescribes pragmatic view of family


Reactions and analyses:

Statements from Bishop Robert J. Cunningham and the diocesan Office of Family Life Education

Church leaders hail document’s mercy but caution against hurried reading

Observers say apostolic exhortation can help church model mercy to families

Bishop Robert Barron: First Thoughts on “Amoris Laetitia”

Father James Martin, SJ: Top Ten Takeaways from “Amoris Laetitia”

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