Call for Articles on 5 Years AL


Special theme issue 2022

Amoris laetitia 2016-2021: A Global Perspective

In March 2016 Pope Francis issued his post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia, breaking new ground on the theology of marriage and the pastoral care of families. In December 2020, he has called for a year of reflection on the document.

INTAMS would like to respond to the Pope’s call in a very specific way. Indeed, in the past the conversation around AL has been predominantly on “Roman”, European terms. We seek to remedy that by starting a broader, worldwide conversation. We are thus in the process of preparing a special issue of our journal on the global reception of AL, featuring theological reflection from all continents (mainly Latin America, Africa, Asia and Oceania).

For this special theme issue we invite submissions  from scholars in the field of academic theology, to provide a scholarly assessment about the implementation of AL in their own country, or more generally, in their continent.

AL’s treatment of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics has received the most attention. However, there are many other issues, and we would like to hear from you which are the most pressing ones. Some possible topics could be:

  • Living together (cohabitation) without or before marriage (AL 40, 294)
  • Beginning and dynamical process of marriage
  • Civil, customary and religious marriage
  • Abstract and artificial theological ideal of marriage (AL 36)
  • “Rehabilitation” of conscience (AL 303)
  • Contraception (Humanae vitae) (AL 68, 222)
  • Respect and dignity of the person, regardless sexual orientation (AL 250)
  • Etc.

For all these topics, and many others, we would like to know how the theological thinking in your country has been shaped by AL? What has changed; what has remained the same? What questions remain open?
How has the Church’s pastoral practice concerning the topics above (or in general) been shaped by AL?

Or you are free to consider any other topics from AL that you find relevant.

If you wish to submit a scholarly article, we would need the definitive version by 31 December 2021, including an abstract (ca. 300-500 words) and your author bio.

Read also our Guidelines for Authors.

Write to Thomas Knieps-Port le Roi, Editor, for further information or to submit your article.