Catholic Leaders Gather to Discuss Implementing Amoris Laetitia

via Joshua McElwee:

Even less attention has been given to how local dioceses might implement its program for bishops and priests to see God’s grace at work even in the sometimes-unconventional situations families and marriages face today.

An upcoming event at Boston College hopes to address that lack of attention. In five panel discussions over two days Oct. 5-6, two cardinals, 12 bishops, and 24 other invited participants are set to discuss what organizers are calling the “new momentum” Amoris Laetitia gives local bishops to renew their pastoral practices toward families….

Cupich will attend the Boston-area event as will Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who was called to Rome from Dallas by Francis in 2016 to lead the Vatican’s new Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. Farrell will speak Oct. 5 as part of a panel on how the apostolic exhortation addresses those in Western cultures who have become disaffected by authority structures….

Other bishops set to speak at the event include Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory and San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy. Those in attendance are to include Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester; Indianapolis Archbishop Charles Thompson; San Bernardino, California, Bishop Gerald Barnes; Cheyenne, Wyoming, Bishop Steven Biegler; and Burlington, Vermont, Bishop Christopher Coyne….

Among the expected 24 lay participants at the event are some of the most prominent theologians in the U.S., including: Cathleen Kaveny, Richard Gaillardetz, and Hosffman Ospino of Boston College; Julie Hanlon Rubio of St. Louis University; Franciscan Sr. Katarina Schuth of the University of St. Thomas, and Meghan Clark of St. John’s University….

The Boston conference carries the title “Amoris Laetitia: A New Momentum for Moral Formation and Pastoral Practice.” The program states that Francis is “inviting the Church to a renewed process of moral formation and pastoral practice with regard to marriage and family life that is rooted in Sacred Scripture and the Church’s faith.”

“Implicitly, [the pope] is also envisioning a wider perspective on renewal that has a broader application for the life of the whole Church,” it continues. “The foundations are absolutely traditional … but what brings the movement forward is a creative recovery of synodality, listening, accompaniment and discernment.”