Dr Anna Silvas: What is the meaning of ‘Amoris Laetitia’, a year after its release?

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A journalist takes photos of copies of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family, ‘Amoris Laetitia’ (‘The Joy of Love’), during the document’s release at the Vatican on 8 April 2016. PHOTO: CNS

If I were to point to one issue the present crisis in the Church is, it would be ‘modernity’, and that mood in the Church that so greatly prizes ‘modernity’ and follows it at all costs. Theologian Tracey Rowland points out that ‘the modern’ to which we were urged to update, was never defined in the documents of Vatican II, a truly extraordinary lacuna. She says: “The absence of a theological examination of this cultural phenomenon called ‘modernity’ or ‘the modern world’ by Conciliar fathers in the years 1962-65 is perhaps one of the most striking features of the documents of the Second Vatican Council.”

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