Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation: Amoris Laetitia (Joy of Love)

Amoris Laetitia (Joy of Love)

Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia," presents, at considerable length, his reflections and discernment based upon the two synods devoted to the Catholic understanding of marriage and family life. While LGBT people were cautiously optimistic that the Vatican’s two-year discernment of the Catholic family would result in a document reflecting a definitive move toward a more LGBT-inclusive and accepting Church, the 256-page Apostolic Exhortation released by the Vatican was a disappointment. The good news is that the Papal document pays scant direct attention to LGBT issues, focusing on other matters the Vatican views as integral to the family. While Pope Francis dismisses the blessing of our unions, he does not explicitly call for exclusion. While he raises questions about gender and biology, the Exhortation doesn’t deliver firm answers. And he also speaks specifically to avoiding “every sign of unjust discrimination ... particularly any form of aggression and violence.”

Read HRC's Statement on the Vatican’s Report On Catholic Family Life

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