“Sexuality as an important factor”

Pope's letter Amoris Laetitia © Cristian Gennari (CBA)

The papal teaching letter "Amoris laetitia" clearly valorizes the importance of sexuality in a couple's life. This is the conclusion reached by Italian psychologists in a book presented in Rome on Monday.

Domenico Chianese, president of the Society of Italian Psychoanalysts, told the Italian press service SIR that "the acceptance of sexuality as an important factor for a couple, not solely for the purpose of procreation" is "the surprise" of the doctrinal letter on marriage and the family.

The book "Amorisa laetitia, la sapienza dell'amore" (Amoris laetitia, the wisdom of love) is edited by the director of the Faculty of Moral Theology at the Gregorian University, Miguel Yanez. In Chianese's opinion, recent statements of the Catholic Church certainly indicate "consonances" with the thoughts of Sigmund Freud.

"In 'Amoris laetitia,' sexuality is discovered and rediscovered by Pope Francis," Chianese praised. Pope's message goes beyond current thinking in some points and purifies it of nihilistic features.

Doctrinal letter causes debate within church

"Francis' teaching letter "Amoris laetitia" was published in April 2016 after two synods of bishops on marriage and family ies.

Within the church, it is causing discussion mainly because a footnote suggests that remarried divorcees may be readmitted to the sacraments of confession and Eucharist after pastoral accompaniment, if necessary.

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