Form Not Replace

We have long thought that simply stressing doctrinal, bioethical and moral issues, without encouraging openness to grace, we are providing sufficient support to families, strengthening the marriage bond and giving meaning to marital life. We find it difficult to present marriage more as a dynamic path to personal development and fulfilment than as a lifelong burden. We also find it hard to make room for the consciences of the faithful, who very often respond as best they can to the Gospel amid their limitations, and are capable of carrying our their own discernment in complex situations. We have been called to form consciences, not to replace them.

Pope Francis, Amoris Laititia, 37 (emphasis added).

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Article by Andrew Doohan

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