April 8, 2016
Following is a statement of Duluth Bishop Paul Sirba on the release of Amoris Laetitia, the apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis on after the recent Synod on the Family:
Like everyone else, I am only at the beginning of the process of reading, receiving and praying about Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), the new apostolic exhortation on the family by our Holy Father Pope Francis. What is already clear is that the Holy Father continues to call us to receive the fullness of the faith as it has been given to us by the Lord Jesus Christ, including its teaching on marriage, and to live it out with the Heart of Jesus, in mercy and welcome, with attention to the weak and wounded. That means learning to live out the beautiful vocation of marriage with even greater courage, generosity and loving boldness. And it means bringing God’s mercy into the lives of those who have fallen short or have experienced brokenness in the family, by walking with them and dialoguing with them.
It is my hope that this attention on the family during these days of Easter and the Jubilee Year of Mercy will be a moment of grace when families are strengthened and those who have felt separated from the Church by family challenges will hear the invitation of Jesus to come and walk with Him in the Church once more, to find healing and hope.