Fr. Henry Beck on Amoris Laetitia

I believe Pope Francis is encouraging us to move from a stance of righteousness that judges and possibly condemns to a merciful solidarity with others that engages and seeks to understand and search for truth together.

I see at work in Pope Francis a desire to place pastoral theology, as John O’Malley and other Church historians have noted about Vatican II, as "an essential prism for all theology;" that is, that speculation, systematics, and all research about God must, in the beginning and in the final analysis, be grounded in human events and human experience.

I find this encouraging because the heart of my ministry has been with concrete persons in the Church with whom I have learned so much about God’s presence with us.

Fr. Henry Beck, OFM

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