Vatican Official: Post-Synodal Exhortation Coming “by March”


Cardinals at the Synod on the Family. Image courtesy of La Stampa.

La Stampa‘s “Vatican Insider” section is reporting that Vincenzo Cardinal Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council on the Family, announced the impending release of Pope Francis’ post-synodal exhortation at a course on the family in Portugal this week.

The Italian cardinal said he was certain that the Pope’s text will focus on a Catholic Church that “ventures out” and stands by families at all times.

“I am certain that the Exhortation,” Paglia said, “will be an ode to love, the kind of love that cares for the wellbeing of children and that is able to be close to wounded families”.

“The challenge for us Christians today,” he concluded, “is to stand by families without putting labels on people. We must always see the positive side of every family and help it to grow.”

The language Cardinal Paglia used in his announcement is portentous, and advocates of traditional Church teaching on family and marriage should not be surprised to hear it.

What the document will actually say remains an open question.

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