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Turn to Allegations, Page 8 Turn to Joy of Love, Page 9 VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN NEWS). Catholics who have divorced-and-remarried need the fullness of church teaching. They also need a wise pastoral and community re- sponse to their difficulties that can help them grow in the Christian life, Pope Francis said in his new document on love in the family. The Church's pastors, in proposing to the faithful the full ideal of the Gospel and the Church's teaching, must also help them to treat the weak with compassion, avoiding aggravation or unduly harsh or hasty judge- ments," the pope said in "Amoris Laetitia." Pope Francis' highly anticipated post-synod- al apostolic exhortation on the gifts and chal- lenges of family life was published April 8. Titled Amoris Laetitia," or "The Joy of

No doctrine change from Pope-but a call for better pastoral care

Love," the document was presented to journalists in Italian, French, English, German, Spanish, and Por- tuguese. Signed March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph, the release of the document was delayed in order to al- low time for its translation into other languages. The apostolic exhorta- tion is the conclusion of a two-year synod process discussing both the beau- ty and challenges of fam- ily life today. Hosted at the Vatican in 2014 and 2015, these synods gath- ered hundreds of bishops from around the world. While much of the Western secular media fo- cused its coverage on ho- mosexuality and the ques- tion of communion for the divorced-and-civilly remarried, actual topics discussed in the meetings were much broader, with synod fathers touching on themes such as domestic violence, incest and abuse within families, and mar- riage preparation. Pope Francis acknowledged the atten- tion generated by the synods, saying, "The debates carried on in the media, in certain publications and even among the Church's ministers, range from an immoderate desire for total change without sufficient reflec- tion or grounding, to an attitude that would solve everything by applying general rules or deriving undue conclusions from particular theological considerations." The wide-ranging document included Biblical reflections on family, as well as dis- cussion of the family as a place of faith and labor, celebration and tears. The pope spoke about sexuality within marriage and on the sometimes devastating effects of poverty and LEXINGTON. The Diocese of Lex- ington was made aware April 7 of an allegation of an exchange via instant messaging between two male Lexington Catholic High School students-one African- American and one white, which included racist language and at least one instance of a threat. The information surfaced in an online news story by the Key News Journal, a Lexington com- munity news website. The Roman Catholic Church considers racism a sin and a viola- tion of human dignity," said Bish- op John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv.,

Allegations brought against Lexington Catholic

head of the Diocese of Lexington, in an April 7 statement. "The Diocese of Lexington will not tol- erate racism in any of its institu- tions or ministries and will work to root out remnants of racist at- titudes and thinking wherever it is encountered." The diocese is pursuing addi- tional information, as the admin- istration of Lexington Catholic High School addresses the situa- tion, the statement continued. Amos Jones, a Washington, DC, civil rights lawyer and for- mer Lexingtonian, was engaged by the family of the student who

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was allegedly threatened. Jones made this known to Lexington Catholic in an April 7 letter to Principal Sally Stevens. The mother of the African- American student filed a com- plaint with the Lexington Fayette Urban County Police. The white student, a juvenile, was charged with harassing communications and third-degree terroristic threat- ening April 7. A second African-American male student was reported April 12 to have withdrawn from LCHS, following an alleged racially mo- tivated assault by a white student. Throughout LCHS President Dr. Steve Angelucci has pledged a full investigation and to engage a professional to do a diversity assessment of the school and de- velop appropriate programs for the school. Amos has claimed the second student as a client, and alleges a pattern of discrimination, harass- ment, and lack of diligence on the part of administrators in dealing with claims, spanning years. Bishop John Stowe met with members of the local chapter of the NAACP April 14, during which the representatives called for the resignation of both Angelucci and Stevens, as well as a detailed cur- riculum of race and diversity edu-

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