Head of Vatican Council for Legislative Texts explains Amoris laetitia

In a booklet titled “The Eighth Chapter of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia,” written by Cardinal Francesco Palmiero, president of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts, he indicates that the provisions of “Amoris Laetitia” allow a couple in irregular marriage situations access to the sacraments only if they recognize their situation is sinful and desire to change it.

The short booklet, published in Italian by the Vatican publishing house and presented to journalists Feb. 14, includes material compiled from articles and speeches the cardinal has given about the pope’s document on marriage and family life.

In referring to the above couple, the booklet notes such a couple also believes changing the situation immediately by splitting up would cause more harm and forgoing sexual relations would threaten their current relationship does not rule out the possibility of receiving sacramental absolution and Communion,

The council is charged with interpreting canon law.

In the absence of Cardinal Palmiero at the booklet’s, presentation Salesian Father Giuseppe Costa, director of the Vatican publishing house, discussed the publication.

He told reporters the cardinal’s book is not “the Vatican response” to the challenges posed by US Cardinal Raymond L. Burke and three retired cardinals to the supposed lack of clarity and potential misunderstanding of “Amoris Laetitia.” Rather, he said, it is an “authoritative” reading of the papal document and a contribution to the ongoing discussion.

For the Catholic News Service report (Feb. 14, 2017), click here.