A little while ago I started this thread. The current thread is similar, and I’m trying to find out what the following means along with its implications:
Hence it is can no longer simply be said that all those in any “irregular” situation are living in a state of mortal sin and are deprived of sanctifying grace. More is involved here than mere ignorance of the rule. A subject may know full well the rule, yet have great difficulty in understanding “its inherent values”
That is from Amoris Laetitia 301, which is just piggybacking off of an encyclical by St. John Paul II. Here’s the relevant part from Familiaris Consortio 33:
As Mother, the Church is close to the many married couples who find themselves in difficulty over this important point of the moral life: she knows well their situation, which is often very arduous and at times truly tormented by difficulties of every kind, not only individual difficulties but social ones as well; she knows that many couples encounter difficulties not only in the concrete fulfillment of the moral norm but even in understanding its inherent values.
So, what does this mean in practice and what are the implications? Is the situation I gave in the previous thread relevant to understanding a moral norm’s “inherent values”? Hopefully someone intelligent in matters related to the Church will be able to help!