Bishop Thomas John Paprocki: There are no changes to canon law or church doctrine introduced in #AmorisLaetitia. Apostolic exhortations by their very nature are not vehicles for introducing such changes.

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki: Catholics, marriage and Holy Communion

PRESS RELEASE July 14, 2016

As I explained in my statement about the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on April 8, the date it was issued, “There are no changes to canon law or church doctrine introduced in this document.” I addressed this conclusion in greater detail in my column in our diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Times, on May 1, explaining that in-flight press conferences on an airplane, apostolic exhortations and footnotes “by their very nature are not vehicles for introducing or amending legislative texts or making dogmatic pronouncements.”

… With divorced and civilly-remarried persons, Church teaching requires them to refrain from sexual intimacy. This applies even if they must (for the care of their children) continue to live under one roof. Undertaking to live as brother and sister is necessary for the divorced and civilly-remarried to receive reconciliation in the Sacrament of Penance, which could then open the way to the Eucharist.”

This applies not only in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, but also here in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, as it does elsewhere in the Church.


More Bishop Thomas John Paprocki on Amoris Laetitia

Statement of Bishop Thomas John Paprocki on Amoris Laetitia, Sunday, 17 April 2016 10:24 | CATHOLIC TIMES

Lex Cordis Caritas – The law of the heart is Love, May 01, 2016, Pope: ‘. . . the family throughout the world is in crisis’ by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki | CATHOLIC TIMES

I offer these observations in keeping with my duty as diocesan bishop “to present and explain to the faithful the truths of the faith which are to be believed and applied to moral issues” (canon 386). I hope they are helpful.

VIDEO: Lex Cordis Caritas – The law of the heart is Love, May 01, 2016, Pope: ‘. . . the family throughout the world is in crisis’ by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki | CATHOLIC TIMES

Pope: ‘…the family throughout the world is in crisis’ from Diocese of Springfield in IL on Vimeo.