Amoris Laetitia '

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In “Amoris Laetitia” (”The Joy of Love”), an apostolic exhortation that does not change Roman Catholic doctrine, Pope Francis urged priests and bishops to treat homosexuals, single parents, and divorcées with understanding and respect and to avoid “reductive” approaches based on simple moral rules, which had led to many such Catholics feeling excluded or condemned. While suggesting that remarried divorcées (whose marriages had not been annulled) could be permitted to receive communion through guidance from a priest, Francis did not lift their formal exclusion from the sacrament. Francis also reaffirmed the church’s traditional rejection of contraception and same-sex unions. Two years in the making, “Amoris Laetitia” drew upon heated debates
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