Pope Francis Publishes Long-Awaited Views on Marriage and Family Life

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Pope Francis is releasing a major document Friday known as "Amoris Laetitia" (Latin for "The Joy of Love"), which may address controversial issues such as unmarried couples cohabitating, contraception, remarrying without an annulment and same-sex marriage. While religious conservatives fear he could undermine church doctrine, Catholic reformists hope the pontiff will be bold in addressing these issues. We discuss the impact the document could have on the global Catholic community.


Jimmy Akin, National Catholic Register columnist

Sally Vance-Trembath, Catholic theologian at Santa Clara University

James Martin, Jesuit priest, author and editor-at-large for America magazine