• James Mathew Pampara Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK)
Keywords: Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis, Familiaris Consortio, Divorced and Remarried, Catechism of the Catholic Church, Veritatis Splendor, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts


The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia has created a lot of interest among both canonists and theologians, especially because of its footnote 351. The author, while not entering into the polemics around it, tries to understand this document using the principles of interpretation of Canon Law. Looking into the document as a post-synodal apostolic exhortation, the author explains that it is to be understood in the light of ‗text in the context and by looking into the mind of the author.‘ This document can be understood correctly only as the continuation of the consistent teaching of the Magisterium in this regard. The author argues that it contains no doctrinal errors. However, it seems that through footnote 351, Pope Francis has opened a small window of pastoral discernment to at least some of those divorced and remarried in the context of their reception of the sacrament of penance and Eucharist, which were hitherto considered absolutely closed unless they had already fulfilled the conditions stipulated in Familiaris Consortio, 84.

Author Biography

James Mathew Pampara, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK)

Dr James Mathew Pampara, CMI is Associate Professor of Canon Law and Latin in the Institute of Oriental Canon Law, DVK, Bengaluru. He completed his Licentiate (1997) and Doctorate (2007) in Oriental Canon Law from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome with specialization in Penal Law and Penal Procedure. He has also specialized in Medieval Latin (Oxford University, UK) and Jurisprudence (Rota Romana, Vatican). He was the Postulator General of the CMI Congregation (20042007), the Director of the Institute of Oriental Canon Law (2009-2012) in DVK, and the Vice President of the Oriental Canon Law Society of India (2010-2013) and continues to be a member of OCLSI executive committee (2013-). He teaches Canon Law (both Eastern and Latin) in various seminaries in India and is a member of various canon law societies in India and abroad. Email:


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How to Cite
Pampara, J. M. (2017). CANONICAL IMPLICATIONS OF AMORIS LAETITIA. Asian Horizons, 11(01), 42-61. Retrieved from

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