On April 8, 2016, the encyclical Amoris laetitia was made public by Pope Francis. Father François Gonon, responsible for the formation of priests in the Emmanuel Community, shows in his book, La doctrine du Bon Pasteur the continuity of the teaching of the Popes, from John XXIII to Francis, Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Let us discover with him their “providential complementarity”.
Following numerous discussions on the Encyclical Amoris Laetitia, particularly on Chapter 8, and at the request of the Moderator of the Emmanuel Community, Father François Gonon, professor of moral theology at the Collège des Bernardins, wrote the book The Doctrine of the Good Shepherd, From St. John XXIII to Francis, A Parish Priest’s Look at Amoris Laetitia. This work has the merit of placing this encyclical in a dynamic continuity of the Church’s magisterium.
This work is built in 3 parts: “First, a quick historical perspective to better situate the roots and novelty of Amoris lætitia: from Saint John XXIII to Pope Francis (Chapter 1). Then, the updating of what is at stake: the entry into the eyes of the Good Shepherd which implies nothing less than a true pastoral and missionary conversion (Chapter 2). Finally, the exercise of this look at the “irregular” situations so widespread today (Chapter 3). »
Below is a video teaching by Father François Gonon initially given as part of the internal formation of Emmanuel’s members, as well as Bishop de Germay’s reaction to the publication of La doctrine du Bon Pasteur.