Philadelphia, Pa., Nov 17, 2016 / 11:24 am
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has published the full text of Archbishop Charles Chaput's responses to questions posed to him by Catholic News Service earlier this week, which can be found below.
The archbishop's responses were in relation to an interview with Cardinal-designate Kevin Farrell published Wednesday by CNS, in which the prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life was critical of the pastoral guidelines published by the Philadelphia archdiocese for the implementation of Amoris laetitia in that local Church.
CNS later amended the interview with Cardinal-designate Farrell to include portions of responses given by Archbishop Chaput.
Please find below the full text of the Archbishop of Philadelphia's responses to CNS.
CNS: Is your ad hoc committee planning a consultation with the entire USCCB about implementing Amoris Laetitia?
Archbishop Chaput: It's already done. The committee solicited thoughts and experiences from bishops around the country. That work was completed some weeks ago. The committee report was then presented to Archbishop Kurtz as USCCB president. Cardinal DiNardo, as the new conference president, will presumably act on it as he and conference leadership find appropriate.
CNS: Why did you feel it was important to issue pastoral guidelines in your archdiocese that went into effect July 1?
Archbishop Chaput: Because both the final synod document and Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia encouraged local bishops to do so. Actually you ask a a rather odd question. It's more sensible to ask: Why would a bishop delay interpreting and applying Amoris Laetitia for the benefit of his people? On a matter as vital as sacramental marriage, hesitation and ambiguity are neither wise nor charitable.
You'll recall, I'm sure, that I was a delegate to the 2015 synod and then elected and appointed to the synod's permanent council. So I'm familiar with the material and its context in a way that Cardinal-designate Farrell may not be.