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This Study Circle Guide is designed to accompany the synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia.
Drawing from two synods over the previous two years on the family, Amoris Laetitia is a summary of recommendations for what the Church should do to help the family. As such, Francis mixes analysis of the current situation, theological reflections on marriage and the family, and recommendations going forward. The first sentence sets the tone for the whole document: “The Joy of Love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church.” Francis has decided to focus principally on the positive aspects and even when he goes into the negative aspects he prefers to focus on the exceptions over coming down hard and fast with lots of rules.
There has been a lot of confusion in the media regarding a few comments made in this document while the rest of it has been forgotten. This guide will mention those items and clarify them but consciously try to focus on the positive message that Pope Francis wants to get across over discussions of those controversies.
This guide recommends eleven sessions: one for the intro and one for each chapter, except chapter four which is split into two.
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Video discussion of this encyclical is available for each chapter. Watch the first chapter discussion here. For the remaining chapters click HERE.