Pope Francis has announced a full year of reflections dedicated to his most controversial and error-filled document, Amoris Laetitia.
In his Angelus address of December 27, 2020, Pope Francis announced that beginning on March 19, 2021 – the Feast of St. Joseph – a year of reflection on his exhortation Amoris Laetitia would begin. It will last until June 2022. The Pope noted that March 19, 2021 would coincide with the upcoming fifth anniversary of the publication of his controversial exhortation and that the year of reflection “will be an opportunity to deepen the contents of the document.”
These reflections, he says, “will be made available to ecclesial communities and families, to accompany them on their journey. From now on I invite everyone to join the initiatives that will be promoted during the year and which will be coordinated by the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life.”
The lead up and aftershocks of the controversial exhortation were already enough to threaten schism for the Church. And playing out that disaster all over again is fraught with danger.