See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
169. In other words, Pope Benedict presupposed the truth of what Christ taught, but he did not simply dismiss the divorced and remarried, telling them to grit their teeth or suffer in loneliness. That is not the Church’s way, and any Catholic who acts as if it is should remember that one of the crimes of the Pharisees was burdening others with laws, yet not “lifting a finger” to help people with these burdens. (Mt 23:4) Rather, Benedict echoes the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which says “priests and the whole community must manifest an attentive solicitude” to divorced Catholics, so that they do not feel excluded.
In its introduction, the document says its aim is to present “Catholic teaching in a way that is fresh, insightful, and accessible to contemporary Catholics and all people of good will.” The catechesis “offers a narrative beginning with our creation, soberly noting our fall and the challenges we face, but emphasizing God’s plan for our salvation. Love is our mission, and it is by loving God and one another that we will be fully alive.”
Each day in CatholicPhilly.com’s World Meeting of Families section you can reflect on the official Catholic teaching on the family presented in the catechesis, pray a special prayer together as a family or individually, and stay on top of breaking news about the events coming Sept. 22-27, 2015.
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