WASHINGTON - Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, welcomed Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, on love in the family. Pope Francis' "love letter to families" invites everyone to grow as members of the family of God, Archbishop Kurtz said April 8.
The full text of his remarks follow.
I joyfully welcome Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), the much
anticipated post-synodal apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis.
pope has given us a love letter to families—a love letter inviting all
of us, and especially married couples and families, to never stop
growing in love. It is also a love letter calling the Church, the family
of God, to realize more and more her mission to live and love as a
Pope Francis is calling us to enter more deeply into the
beauty of marriage and Christ's teaching. From the opening lines of
Genesis to the closing chapter of Revelation, and throughout the
Gospels, God speaks eloquently to us about the joys and challenges of
marriage and family life.
The Holy Father is giving us an active
opportunity to reflect upon how each of us can belong more deeply to
Christ. The Joy of Love is inviting us to share the treasure and
medicine of Jesus. The teaching of Jesus inspires us to live out God's
hope for us, and the mercy of Jesus heals and sustains us when we fall
short. Let us remember that no obstacle is too big for Christ to
I encourage all to read and reflect on how the words of Pope Francis can be applied in our lives, in our families, and in our society. I am grateful once again to our Holy Father for encouraging and leading us in our call to encounter Jesus ever more deeply, especially in the great gift of family life, and to be His missionary disciples in the world.