Pope Francis Issues New Guidance on Family Life

In a new document called 'The Joy of Love,' Pope Francis urges more acceptance of divorced Catholics, gays and lesbians, and others living outside traditional church rules.
1:33 | 04/08/16

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In a new document called the joy of love the Pope says individual conscience should guide sex marriage and family. The Pope urges more acceptance of divorced Catholics gays and lesbians and others who live outside traditional church rules a pastor cannot feel that it is enough to simply apply moral laws to those living in irregular situations as if they were stones to throw at people's lives he right. The keywords or that the church has to understand that to probe for. Into integrity. Who's who people in difficult situation. In the lengthy paper the Pope insists the church's Avis to reintegrate and welcome all of its members. At the same time he rejects gay marriage and repeats the church's position that same sex unions cannot be equivalent to marriage between man and wife we find here a reaffirmation of the church's teaching regarding marriage. Fidelity and openness to life. In the footnotes of the document the Pope also signals a possible path for divorced Catholics to receive holy communion writing the eucharist is not a prize for the perfect. But a powerful medicine and nourishment for the week. On thorny issues such as contraception Pope Francis stresses it's the couple's individual conscience not dogmatic rules that must guide their decision. Recognizing the complexity of a global church the poll Bush's decision making downward to bishops and priests saying they are better suited to seek solutions for their culture and local needs. Aaron it her ski ABC news New York.

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