Pope emphasizes flexibility over rules for modern families

Cardinals Lorenzo Baldisseri, left, and Christoph Schoenborn show a copy of the post-synodal apostolic exhortation ' Amoris Laetitia ' (The Joy of Love) during a press conference at the Vatican, Friday, April 8, 2016. Pope Francis has insisted that individual conscience be the guiding principle for Catholics negotiating the complexities of sex, marriage and family life in a major document released Friday that repudiates the centrality of black and white rules for the faithful. In the 256-page document "The Joy of Love," released Friday, Francis makes no change in church doctrine. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a sweeping document on family life that opened a door to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, Pope Francis insisted Friday that church doctrine cannot be the final word in answering tricky moral questions and that Catholics must be guided by their own informed consciences.


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