19 September 2017
The young Bolivians are good and courageous
Ad Limina Visit of Bolivia’s Bishops
“We must highlight and value what makes our youth good. Bolivian young people are good and courageous. They engage in volunteer work and evangelization!” This is how the Bolivian Bishops, on their Ad Limina Visit at the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, described the vitality of the Church in their country, which is also facing a complex situation.
Like in other parts of the world, the family is going through a delicate moment. The Bishops spoke of a mentality that makes it increasingly difficult to commit oneself “forever,” but also problems related to domestic violence and emigration. For these and other reasons, the number of religious marriages is declining, more and more couples decide to cohabit, and divorce is on the increase.
In this regard, Msgr. Braulio Saer, Auxiliary Bishop of Santa Cruz, noted that couples who join ecclesial movements often decide to get married in church after having begun a formation course. The relationship between the new communities and the Bishops is profitable, and their cooperation is fruitful especially on the level of family pastoral ministry.
EN: Mgr Sàez García We should allow ourselves to be captivated by #AmorisLaetitita and so help it to also intrigue those who need to discover the value of #family IT: Mons. Sàez García Dobbiamo innamorarci di #AmorisLaetitia perchè se ne innamorino anche coloro che hanno bisogno di scoprire il valore della #famiglia ES: Mons. Sàez García Tenemos que enamorarnos de #AmorisLaetitia para que podamos enamorar tambien a los que necesitan descubrir el valor de la #familia FR: Mgr. Sàez Garcías Aimons en premier #AmorisLaetitita. Ainsi, ceux qui ont besoin de découvrir la valeur de la #famille pourront l’aimer à leur tour. PT: Mons. Sàez Garcías Devemos ser apaixonados por Amoris Laetitia para que possam apaixonar-se também aqueles que precisam descobrir o valor da #família.
The Bishops spoke about the reception of Amoris Laetitia in this setting and the text’s value for accompanying all Bolivian families. “Very many women live in irregular situations, perhaps because of the husband’s choice; they are forced to work hard at home, and often the men mistreat them! They cannot feel excluded from the Church too!” Bishop Saer, in the statement we published on Instagram, talks about the need to “fall in love” with Amoris Laetitia.
The Bishops then talked about popular piety as “an opportunity for teaching and evangelization.”