Palacios, a sociologist and a Catholic priest, gave an overview of the pope’s document on marriage and family life and explained what it meant for the Catholic Church and ordinary Catholics:
He basically opened up a pastoral approach to marriage and family life around the world. He provided a context for the various social, economic, political challenges that the families [are] facing in the world today, and he provided a very broad pastoral approach that addresses both individuals, couples, families [and] public policy issues regarding the family. I think this is a very strong turn away from a more legalistic or canonical approach to marriage and family life [opening] up a very broad and pastoral approach, especially in the formation of conscience and how people make decisions about [the] most intimate parts of their life.
“Like things go in the Church, change happens glacially, and I think maybe we’re in a global warming period with this pope,” Palacios said.
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