AMORIS LAETITIA

HAS ANYTHING CHANGED?

  • Todd A Salzman Creighton University in Omaha
  • Michael G Lawleri Catholic Theology at Creighton University
Keywords: Cohabitation, Conscience, Divorce and Remarriage, Freedom, Law, Mercy, Moral Circumstances, Virtue

Abstract

The reaction to Pope Francis‘ Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia has been as contentious as the 2014 and 2015 Synods on Marriage and Family to which it is a response. In this essay we ask, did the Exhortation change anything Catholic and offer a twofold answer. No, it changed no Catholic doctrine; yes, it changed, in the sense of renewed, Catholic pastoral practice. We illustrate this answer by a consideration of both, by way of example, the long-standing Catholic doctrines of the freedom and inviolability of conscience and the influence of circumstances on the sinfulness of actions and, again by way of example, Francis‘ application of these two moral doctrines to the moral questions of cohabitation and divorce and remarriage without annulment.

Author Biographies

Todd A Salzman, Creighton University in Omaha

Todd A. Salzman (TODDSALZMAN@creighton.edu) is the Amelia and Emil Graff Professor of Catholic Theology at Creighton University in Omaha, U.S.A. Author of the award-winning and best-selling The Sexual Person (Georgetown University Press, 2008), of Sexual Ethics: A Theological Introduction (Georgetown University Press, 2012), and many articles worldwide in Theological Studies, Louvain Studies, Heythrop Journal, Irish Theological Quarterly, etc. 

Michael G Lawleri, Catholic Theology at Creighton University

Michael G. Lawler (MICHAELLAWLER@creighton.edu) is the Amelia and Emil Graff Professor Emeritus of Catholic Theology at Creighton University. Author of the award-winning and best-selling The Sexual Person (Georgetown University Press, 2008), of Sexual Ethics: A Theological Introduction (Georgetown University Press, 2012), and many articles worldwide in Theological Studies, Louvain Studies, Heythrop Journal, Irish Theological Quarterly, etc.

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Published
2017-03-31
How to Cite
Salzman, T. A., & Lawleri, M. G. (2017). AMORIS LAETITIA. Asian Horizons, 11(01), 62-74. Retrieved from http://dvkjournals.in/index.php/ah/article/view/2491