Amoris Laetitia, Culpability, and Communion: The Gospel Context of Pope Francis’s Teaching on Divorce and Remarriage

Hot off the press in this Fall’s edition of Josephinum Diaconal Review, I have published a second article on Pope Francis’ controversial document Amoris Laetitia.  Although there has been an immense amount written on the subject over the past year and a half, not much attention has been paid to the gospel context of Francis’ proposal.

This article aims to make a contribution to the ongoing discussion by examining the Holy Father’s teaching on culpability for divorce and remarriage especially in light of Matthew 5:32:

“But I say to you that every one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”

What did this statement mean in its original context, and what does it mean in today’s discussions of divorce and remarriage?  Here is a version of my article in Word format.  The website for the journal is here.

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