Families in irregular situations are twice vulnerable as compared to those families in regular situations. The uniqueness of their situation requires a different pastoral approach. Amoris Laetitia provides both the theological and pastoral framework in accompanying the families in irregular situations. Based on AL's Theology of Care, the study presents the accompaniment of the families in irregular situations and implies a more significant challenge to Church ministry. Families are both the present and the future of the Church. Family ministry is the pastoral approach of the Church to evangelize the families, and as a result, transform them to become evangelizers. However, family ministry is not a one-size-fits-all approach to all families. It has to seriously consider the situation, context, and unique experiences of families in irregular situations. For this reason, the insistence of AL to care for families living in these situations will have substantial implications in doing family ministry. Using thematic analysis, the study explores the emerging dynamics of accompanying families in irregular situations in the light of Amoris Laetitia.
Marites Rano Redoña, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines