Thinking Globally Acting Locally in the Church

A new analysis of the reception of Amoris Laetitia in AFRICA, ASIA and LATIN-AMERICA

Thomas Knieps-Port le Roi / Shaji George Kochuthara / David Dawson Vásquez (eds.):

Thinking Globally and Responding Locally in the Church:
Common Ground and Diversities in the Reception of Amoris Laetitia

How has Pope Francis’s groundbreaking document on marriage and family, Amoris Laetitia, been received in Africa, Asia, and Latin America?

This volume offers a comprehensive analysis of the diverse receptions and interpretations of AL in these regions, thereby balancing the overly Western-centric focus of most reactions to Amoris Laetitia.

Scholars from across these regions reflect on their experiences, and explore the commonalities, divergences, and rich tapestry of perspectives on Amoris Laetitia across their continents.

Readers will discover that concerns about marriage and family are both universal and context-specific. The book thus contributes to a more diverse and revisited Catholic understanding of marriage and family.

We invite all scholars, researchers, and individuals interested in the intersections of global and local dynamics within the Church to engage with this thought-provoking work.

Thomas Knieps-Port le Roi is professor at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven, where he also holds the Chair for the Study of Marriage & Spirituality.
Shaji George Kochuthara, CMI, is Professor of Moral Theology at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram in Bangalore.
David Dawson Vasquez is Associate Editor of the journal Marriage, Families & Spirituality and teaches dogmatic theology at various institutions in Rome.

SeriesINTAMS Studies on Marriage and Family/INTAMS-Studien zu Ehe und Familie, Vol. 4 / Band 4, Münster: LIT Verlag, 2024. - 392p. - ISBN 978-3-643-91636-5

Table of Contents


Thomas Knieps-Port le Roi: Thinking Locally, Re-Thinking Universally: Towards a Renewed Hermeneutics of “Catholicity”.

James F. Keenan, SJ: Eight Ways that Amoris Laetitia is Being Received and Promoted around the World



Stan Chu Ilo: Amoris Laetitia and the Logic of Mercy and Integration in an Illuminative Church

Laurenti Magesa: Implementing the Pastoral Dimension of Amoris Laetitia in the African Church

Nkelenge Hilaire Mitendo: Valeur, signification et implémentation d’Amoris Laetitia dans l’Église d’Afrique

Francis Appiah-Kubi: Amoris Laetitia – An Incentive for Change or Change for Incentive: Pastoral Response to the Phenomenon of Cohabitation in the Ghanaian Context

Petri Assenga: Civil, Customary, and Religious Marriage in Kenya in the Light of Amoris Laetitia

Bernard Kasamata Kamulinso: La réception d’Amoris Laetitia en Afrique subsaharienne: Une analyse au travers de la réalité polygamique

Nontando Hadebe: Amoris Laetitia Challenges Abstract Idealization of the Family: A Case Study of the Family in South Africa



Maria Inês de Castro Millen: Amoris Laetitia: The Exhortation and Its Reception

Isabel Corpas de Posada: Has the Good News of Amoris Laetitia Reached Colombian Couples and Families?

Jutta Battenberg Galindo: Love, Commitment, and Formalizing Life as a Couple during a Pandemic in Light of Amoris Laetitia

Ronaldo Zacharias, SDB: Sexual Education in Catholic Institutions: It Is Time to Face What Limits It

Claudia Leal Luna: The Reception of Amoris Laetitia in Chile

Anna Kasafi Perkins & Tricia Syms : Journeying Together in Joy: The AFLC, Amoris Laetitia, and Pastoral Care of Families in the Caribbean



Sharon A. Bong: The Gender Question in Amoris Laetitia: An Asian Feminist Queer Appraisal

Shaji George Kochuthara, CMI: Reception of Amoris Laetitia in India

Vimal Tirimanna, CSSR: Reception of Amoris Laetitia in Sri Lanka: A First-Hand Account

Rolando A. Tuazon, CM, Emiliano Q. Ibera III & Manuel Victor J. Sapitula, CM: The Reception of Amoris Laetitia in the Philippines: A Preliminary Assessment and Theological Reflection

Max Guoying Lin: The Chinese Catholic Church and Amoris Laetitia

Dionius B. Mahamboro: Discernment in and with the Community: The Praxis in the Archdiocese of Semarang, Indonesia

Osamu Takeuchi, SJ: Conscience as the Cornerstone of Peace