To truly reach out to families, the Church first must learn to listen to their concerns rather than doling out theoretical solutions to life’s harsh realities, Pope Francis has told an online conference. Source: Crux.
In a video message sent yesterday to participants of an online conference dedicated to his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, the Pope said the Church must “set aside any ‘merely theoretical message without connection to people’s real problems’, as well as the idea that evangelisation is reserved for a pastoral elite”.
“In the midst of the difficulties caused by the pandemic, which lacerate the life of the family and ‘its intimate communion of life and love,’ the family today is more than ever a sign of the times, and the Church is invited above all to listen actively to families, and at the same time to involve them as subjects of pastoral care,” he said.
The June 9-12 forum, titled “Where are we with Amoris Laetitia?” is one of several events for “Amoris Laetitia Family Year,” commemorating the Pope’s 2016 apostolic exhortation on family life.
Representatives of family ministry offices of bishops’ conferences, associations and international ecclesial movements were invited to the three-day virtual event, the dicastery said.
In his video message, the Pope said the virtual event “represents an essential moment of dialogue” in which the Church and the laity “can come together to listen to the concrete needs of families and to help each other in undertaking the processes necessary to renew the proclamation of the Church”.
Church must learn to listen to families, pope says (By Junno Arocho Esteves, CNS via Crux)