This time last year we, in the pastoral area of the parishes of Greystones and Kilquade, reflected on the document Relatio Synodi. This reflection led to a response, on behalf of the people of the parishes, which was submitted at the end of March 2015 into the Office of Evangelisation and Ecumenism in Dublin Diocese. This response was used by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, along with the responses from other parishes in the diocese, to form his input into the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which took place in October 2015 on the theme: “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World”.
Pope Francis had expressed a desire that people around the world should have an opportunity to make their contribution to the process of ecclesial reflection in preparation for that Synod. This was a first in the Catholic Church, the Pope invited all of us to give our views on what it is to live as a family, in all its formats, in our world today.
On Friday the 8th April 2016, Pope Francis published the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, The Joy of Love. This is the output from that process. This is a document that we as a people of God influenced and helped to shape. It is a significant document and is available here.The Joy of Love
You can also read the comments of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on the launch of the document. He offers a brief synopsis of what he sees as some of the key messages. Reflections on Pope Francis’ Exhortation