Washington D.C., Sep 28, 2016 / 23:02 pm
The United States bishops have said that Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on love in the family, Amoris laetitia, was well-received among local Catholics and has had a broader focus than is sometimes recognized.
Among the dioceses and Catholic organizations that had responded to a survey organized by the U.S. bishops, "many noted that the exhortation had been well received by Catholics in the United States and that the emphasis on accompanying marriages and families was particularly appreciated," the bishops' report said.
"It was noted that media reports and commentaries have tended at times to present a myopic view of Amoris Laetitia, with interest in only a few topics out of a broad range covered in the exhortation, and that this has sometimes presented a challenge to the proper reception of the document," the bishops added.
The Pope's document, known as a post-synodal apostolic exhortation, was published April 8. It follows two global gatherings of bishops at Synod on the Family held at the Vatican in 2015 and 2016.