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The Pastoral and Educational–Catechetical Highlights in Chapters Seven and Eight of the Post–Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia

Jadranka Garmaz orcid id ; Catholic Faculty of Theology, University of Split, Split, Croatia
Antun Volenik orcid id ; Faculty of Philosophy and Religious Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

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The article elaborates on the pastoral, educational and catechetical highlights in
Chapters Seven and Eight of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, whereby
the authors, Jadranka Garmaz and Antun Volenik, explain the said chapters entitled
respectively, Toward a Better Education of Children and Accompanying, Discerning
and Integrating Weakness. These two chapters condense the catechetical and
pastoral specificity of the Exhortation and pose a major challenge, for they discuss
the issues of raising children, their moral and religious education, and they reaffirm
some forgotten pastoral guidelines. Namely, until now not a single official document
of the universal Church has devoted so many paragraphs to the concrete problem of
families providing children with a religious upbringing as is evident in Chapter Seven.
Chapter Eight, in the context of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, pertains to the
change in mentality which the Exhortation proposes in terms of depicting the Church
as the Father’s House rather than a customs office.


Amoris Laetitia–The Joy of Love, family upbringing, moral upbringing, religious education, discernment, Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

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