This chapter "owes much to the intense work of the two Synods, to the extensive discussions in the arenas of public and ecclesial opinion. Here the fruitfulness of Pope Francis’ method is shown. He expressly wished for an open discussion on the pastoral accompaniment of complex situations, and has been able to fully base this on the two texts that the two Synods presented to him to show the possibility of 'accompanying, discerning and integrating weakness'. … With regard to those who are divorced and civilly remarried, he states: 'I am in agreement with the many Synod Fathers who observed that … the logic of integration is the key to their pastoral care. … Such persons need to feel not as excommunicated members of the Church, but instead as living members, able to live and grow in the Church and experience her as a mother who welcomes them always'. But what does this mean in practice? ... The Pope says clearly: 'What is possible is simply a renewed encouragement to undertake a responsible personal and pastoral discernment of particular cases'".
"Is it an excessive challenge for pastors, for spiritual guides and for communities if the 'discernment of situations is not regulated more precisely? Pope Francis acknowledges this concern: 'I understand those who prefer a more rigorous pastoral care which leaves no room for confusion. However, he challenges this, remarking that 'we put so many conditions on mercy that we empty it of its concrete meaning and real significance. That is the worst way of watering down the Gospel'".
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Pope Francis considers the fourth and fifth chapters to be central in terms of their content. “We cannot encourage a path of fidelity and mutual self-giving without encouraging the growth, strengthening and deepening of conjugal and family love”, he writes. "As a pedagogic expert, Pope Francis knows well that nothing attracts and motivates as strongly as the positive experience of love. 'Speaking of love'. … I recommend reflection on these pages. … They encourage belief in love and trust in its strength. It is here that growth, another key word in , finds its main location: in no other place does it manifest itself so clearly, but it can also turn cold … But here it is made painfully visible how much harm wounds to love can cause, and how lacerating the experience of a failed relationship can be. Therefore it is unsurprising that it is largely the eighth chapter that has attracted attention and interest. Indeed, the question of how the Church treats these wounds, of how she treats the failure of love, has become for many a test question to understand whether the Church is truly the place where God’s Mercy can be experienced".