Amoris Laetitia Is Out




Amoris Laetitia is available for reading, all 325 paragraphs of it.  (Sheesh, the Pope stands in need of a good editor with a swift red pen to delete bloat.)  Go here to Rorate Caeli to read a summary.  Go here to download a pdf of the whole thing.  Much more from PopeWatch next week on this.

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  1. How I wish that headline were true–as in “out” means gone.
    What a perfect example of the dangers apparently planned in the carefully crafted wordsmithing inherent in the document itself, where words and phrases have the usual duel meanings and selection is left to the “conscience” of the perpetrator.
    Truth is not merely a tool or part of a process “at the service of the family” because truth, after all, is our goal–a person–Christ.

  2. I will read this document tonight. Sadly, I cannot find the Latin version even at the Vatican’s Latin web page. Does the Pope even understand Latin and what Amoris Laetitia can signify when out of context? PS, how about his upcoming visit to refuges on the Island of Lesbos with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Orthodox Archbishop of Athens Ieronymos II? Of the thousands of islands in the Med which have refugees, those three hierarchs chose THAT one. I’ll bet all the gaycationers visiting that island know all about Amoris Laetitia annd are practicing it.
    Sorry, folks, but my sarcasm meter is pegged high and the reactor core is supercritical. You just can’t make this stuff up. It’s too incredible.

  3. Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus wrote, “Of the thousands of islands in the Med which have refugees, those three hierarchs chose THAT one.”

    Perhaps, a sly refeence to the Lesbian rule, described by Aristotle in Book V:10 of the Nicomachean Ethics?

  4. I am so sick of this constant pressure to “adapt to the times”. Have I told you I recently heard in a sermon that in Jesus’ time they didn’t have the problems we have today. hence the need to change and be merciful.
    The Catholic Church – a Church of Tradition, of prayer handed down “traditi” from revelation in Jesus morphs to fit the world, instead of evangelizing..

  5. I had a formal ongoing investigation taking place in the Church. I put an end to it in the face of Amoris Laetitia.

    There is no point to seeking either truth or justice from the Catholic Church. NO ONE will convince me otherwise.


  6. Having just read (yesterday & today to do so) I can but only congradulate Pope Francis for refraining to digress from the teaching of the Church and its Docrtine as instructed to Peter by none other than Christ Himself.

    Remember what Christ said: – ” Whatsoever you shall bind here in earth (sic.) shall be bound in heaven and whatsoever you shall loose here on earth (sic.) shall be loosed also (sic.) in heaven”

  7. Paul aka Lucius,
    Re: “Of the thousands of islands in the Med which have refugees, those three hierarchs chose THAT one”, I rather doubt that that many islands have refugees since many are too small to support habitation. It would appear that the size and proximity of Lesbos to Turkey are the reasons why it has more refugees than many others.

    Since late 2011 I’ve been keeping track of stories involving Christians suffering some form of martyrdom in Greece and Lesbos is the island that comes up most often for refugees (see It is the only island that I know of in which a local cleric is quoted by name in a news story about supporting refugees (see

    I don’t blame you for being suspicious, since we live in a world that loves to twist everything to conform to itself, but I think this one is not a problem.

  8. Hey, I just found out that the island is actually pronounced Lesvos. Perhaps people should work on changing the common pronunciation – we have largely succeeded with Uranus.

  9. TomD wrote, “the island is actually pronounced Lesvos”
    /β/ is always pronounced /v/ in Modern Greek. Hence Vasili = Basil and so on. Classicists use the Erasmian pronunciation.

  10. TomD,
    Thank you for the clarification. I am naturally suspicious and Amoris Laetitia does nothing to dampen that suspicion. In fact, when I consider that there is as of yet no official Latin text for this exhortation, then I wonder if the Pope really appreciates what Amoris Laetitia can really mean when out of context.
    As to pronunciation of Lesbos, I have always pronounced the Greek beta as the English B. I studied a little Koine Greek in my younger years and that is what I was taught then. Greek pronunication started to change after 600 AD or so. I think MPS can give more details because he is really very knowledgeable in this area.

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