The Post-Synodal Exhortation

Many are waiting with baited breath to see how Pope Francis will address the issues of the last two Synods on the Family in his post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, due to be released any time now (some reports say tomorrow, some say in April, some say dated for tomorrow but released in April – and then, in today’s world, we can probably count on there being ‘leaks’ of the document also…).

There are also various people out there in advance trying to spin the document – folks ranging from lay journalists to eminent Cardinals.

The advice that Dr. Joseph Shaw gives in this blog post, then, is very timely.

Please be sure to take a look, read it serenely, and prepare yourself for the interesting times ahead! And no, I do not think that the Pope is going to try to change Church teaching on anything – which, in any case, he cannot do (in this regard, see what Dr. Shaw says in point # 1); but I do think it is extremely likely that, between secular newsmedia and dissident Catholic newsmedia, this document will be the subject of more heat than light. And, we all may need to be prepared to explain the truth in charity and with patience concerning what the Church teaches on marriage and family to those who are confused or those who wish things to be otherwise.

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2 Responses to The Post-Synodal Exhortation

  1. Thank you Fr. Jerabek. I will read Dr. Shaw’s article later today.

    I must admit to anxiety about the Exhortation from Pope Francis due out tomorrow.( or later). Ofcourse, the Holy Father cannot change doctrine, but instead of clarity in the exhortation, there is a good chance we will get ambiguity… so that practice may be changed.

    Cardinal Burke was very disappointed in the final report of the Synod in an interview with The Wanderer newspaper. I share that disappointment. Here’s the link – if you allow links: http://thewandererpress.com/breaking/interview-with-cardinal-burke-insights-on-the-state-of-the-church-in-the-aftermath-of-the-ordinary-synod-on-the-family/

    But on the bright side, I plan to get very familiar with the richness of the magisterial teaching of Familiaris Consortio, which to quote Cardinal Burke, ” is such a beautiful document”. As you say,
    ” need to be prepared to explain the truth in charity and with patience concerning what the Church teaches on marriage and family to those who are confused or those who wish things to be otherwise.”

    God bless you,

  2. Brenda Araque says:

    Bel dipinto di Mary Cassat, grazie Bryan!

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