Pope Francis Welcomes Divorced Families Back to the Fold (Hey, It's a Start)

Pope Francis welcomes back divorced Going through a divorce is tough enough for most couples. But to find out that the church you've been raised in no longer wants you as a member at a time when you may need your faith the most is especially troubling. Now, however, Pope Francis is welcoming divorced and remarried Catholics back into the fold.

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Rather than focus on alienating more Catholics by passing judgment on their choices, Pope Francis is attempting to embrace families in "irregular" formats. In a document titled "Amoris Laetitia," which is Latin for "the joy of love," the church is extending an olive branch to the divorced community:

Pastors are to avoid judgments that do not take into account the complexity of various situations. By thinking that everything is black and white, we sometimes close off the way of grace and of growth.

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Though the Bishop of Rome seems determined to right the wrongs of past pontiffs, some feel he's still got a long way to go. But one small step at a time, we suppose. It'll be interesting to see if these divorced families are eager to return to a place that turned its back on them.

Many would like to see the church change its view on LGBT Catholics and same-sex marriages next.

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Some might argue that Francis, who turns 80 this year, is the most progressive pope yet, so who knows what's in store for the future? Though he has a lot of hurts to heal, his view of tolerance and acceptance is always a welcome one. 

 

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