Part 10 of our stripped down look at Amoris Laetitia with some commentary by PopeWatch:
271. Moral education must not involve too much of a child. (A legitimate concern, although PopeWatch has observed that kids, like most people, tend to live up to, or down to, expectations.)
272. A rather confused and turgid paragraph on ethical formation in kids.
273. Excuse making for wretched conduct, a major theme of the Exhortation.
274. The family is the first school for human values. (A prime cause of the bloat in the Exhortation is the tendency of the Pope and his ghost writers writing the same thing again and again with minor variations.)
275. Get your brats off the damn electronics for a while.
276. We pick our friends, God picks our relatives, and learning to put up with them is an important element in growing up.
277. More eco-babble.
278. Media is no substitute to face to face interactions in families.
279. A advertisement for Catholic education.
280. Sex education, as currently implemented, has been a failure.
281. Sex education has to be age appropriate.
282. Good sex education can foster a sense of modesty.
283. Sex education is often focused on contraception and “safe sex”.
284. Young people must be taught to distinguish love and lust.
285. Sex education should teach students to appreciate the differences between the sexes and to accept the sex God made them.
286. Masculinity and femininity are not rigid categories. (To almost all Christians prior to the last century that claim would have struck them as manifest nonsense.
287. Families have a duty to pass on the Faith.
288. Education in the Faith has to be adapted to each child.
289. Bringing up children in the Faith helps the family serve as missionaries.
290. The family is a means of spreading the Gospel.
Chapter Eight-Accompanying, Discerning and Integrating Weakness (What a whacked out chapter title.)
291. Church is a field hospital. (Whose victims are often from friendly fire these days.
292. Christian marriage is a man and a woman bound together for life.
293. Civil marriage and cohabitation will sometimes lead eventually to sacramental marriage.
294. Excuses for those who shack up or simply have a civil marriage: “The choice of a civil marriage or, in many cases, of simple cohabitation, is often not motivated by prejudice or resistance to a sacramental union, but by cultural or contingent situations”. (In other words these people are to be treated as confused children and not as adults responsible for their choices.)
295. Law of gradualism.
296. “Complexity” as a cover for sin.
297. No one can be condemned forever because that is not the logic of the Gospel. (Hell?)
298. Arguments to mitigate the sin of Catholics in adulterous unions.
299. Christians in adulterous marriages need to be reintegrated into the Christian community. (Along with murderers, rapists, heretics, satanists, etc. All sinners, no matter how terrible their sins, can find the mercy of Christ through repentance and amendment of life, but that is not what the Pope getting at.)
300. Here we go: Pastoral discernment of individual cases.
Finishing up on Monday.