My response to Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia”:
Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich, “The church exists to form people’s consciences, not to serve as a substitute” statement is a reality to the thought that the Roman Catholic Church thinks it has the power to form people’s consciences, which it has been trying to do for millennia. It is my contention that we can offer, not impose on, people information, insights and awareness that might aid them in forming their own consciences. Religion, any religion, is not truth; it can be a path to truth.
Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere. If sex trafficking is wrong, do we wait till we all “get it” to call for and effect justice? If we are all equal (i.e., LGBT – oh woe is me about Mississippi!) do we wait to be considered fully equal by a religion, any religion or state ruling? If we decide that a divorce is in our best interest, do we wait for a religion, any religion to “permit” it and still welcome us to the table? In this day of modern medical inroads, do we ask a religion, any religion, if we have the right to determine the size of our family and how we achieve it? If we decide, with great difficulty, that an abortion is in the best interest of all, do we wait for a religion, any religion, to give us permission and still consider us responsible persons?
It seems to me that Pope Francis dances around these justice issues, perhaps because he is afraid we can’t handle the truth. I believe many people can handle the truth and will demand it.
Anne Harter, Belleville