When I received a copy of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, I had to do an “all-nighter” reading of it so I could write a column to be posted when the embargo expired at 6 a.m. Eastern time. That is not how you should read the exhortation. Rather, you want to take your time, as I did in reading it the second time.
Like his earlier writings, this exhortation, “The Joy of Love,” is written in a personal, pastoral style and is accessible to most readers. It is not an academic tome, but it is long — 260 pages. It would be best to read it a chapter at a time rather than all at once as I was forced to do.
This document cries for discussion in families, parishes, and schools. There is no need for people to wait while the bishops and pastors organize a response to the document. Anyone can download the exhortation, call their family and friends and say, “Let’s read and discuss the exhortation.” Anyone part of a book club can recommend that the exhortation be their next selection.
To assist you in your reading, I have drawn up a list of study questions that will be helpful for individual reading or group discussions. The numbers in parentheses refer to paragraphs in the exhortation.
Source: National Catholic Reporter