Excerpts from author/theologian Mary E. Hunt’s article (Link below)
Emphasis is ours.

“I sympathize entirely with people, especially young people, who will read this compromise document—the most this pope thought he could sell to a fundamentally conservative base—and decide to look elsewhere for religious community and moral guidance.”

“The document (Amoris Laetitia) reflects the papal conundrum of pastoring realistically in the contemporary world without changing any church doctrine or major teaching.”

Words like ‘mercy’ and ‘tenderness’ do not in and of themselves change much on the ground if the paradigm does not shift.”

“Beyond the document, I think this lost opportunity for Pope Francis may not come around again. Leadership requires both intellectual creativity and raw courage. You don’t need to be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but you do need to have the gumption to ‘throw your life as far as it will go,’ as feminist philosopher Mary Daly advised.”

“It (Amoris Laetitia) remains a top-down, if at times purposely ambiguous, rendering of how to act without changing the framework in which such actions are set. Not even popes can do the impossible.

Quotes chosen and emphasis added by Sisters Lea and Consilia

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