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On the March 19 2016, Pope Francis' post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia on love in the family was published. Why speak of this pontifical document in a publication devoted to the spirituality of Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort? Because Father de Montfort casts a singular light on the problematic posed by this document.
To begin with, a little reminder. The leitmotif or the thrust of the Second Vatican Council was aggiornamento, or in Latin accomodatio renovata, that is, opening and adaptation to the modern world. Paul VI explained the meaning of this term in his opening speech to the second session (1963): “that the deposit of Christian doctrine be conserved and presented in a more efficacious manner” and that doctrine “be deepened and expressed following the research methods and presentation used by modern thought”.
ROME: Italian Catholic apologetics monthly “Il Timone” and online daily “La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana”, both edited by Riccardo Cascioli, promoted a conference in Rome on post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia with the participation of six lay scholars from five continents.
“Indeed, it is the first time for an international conference on the most debated and controversial points of Amoris Laetitia to be organized by lay people and with the participation of lay people from different parts of the world”, Cascioli pointed out in his introductory remarks. And as matter of fact the author of this article can testify that it was so true that only a few member of the clergy were present, in their personal capacity, with no high-ranking prelates in attendance.