May 20, 2016
By Sister Lorraine La Vigne, LMFT
As a marriage and family therapist (MFT), I read with interest what Pope Francis has written in Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), his apostolic exhortation on the family that was released on April 8. In my practice I have found many struggling with where life has brought them and feeling alienated by a church that seems to have little compassion or understanding for them and their situations.
This document seems to offer some hope as Pope Francis reminds clergy not to “waste pastoral energy denouncing” and “to make room for the conscience of the faithful.” These could be reassuring statements for my clients. Such statements carry with them a respect as well as a trust and understanding that serious decisions in complex situations are made with careful discernment and consultation. Read More