May 8. When pope Francis presented his letter, Amoris Laetitia, about the family, to the people there were almost two factions. Some bishops, theologians and laity followed his more caring pastoral approach to many of the issues. These were around divorce, remarriage and receiving communion as well as contraception, acknowledging the place of conscience in moral decisionmaking by the people. Another group disagreed and wanted a much more firm legalistic approach to upholding traditional teaching. There clearly was conflict between them.
If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. John 15:18-21. Pope Francis: We find it hard to make room for the consciences of the faithful, who very often respond as best they can to the Gospel amid their limitations and are capable of carrying out their own discernment in complex situations. We have been called to form consciences, not to replace them. AL37. Mary, mother of law-makers pray for us.