In his recent Apostolic Exhortation (which I’m in the process of reading), the Pope spends page after page exhorting us all — lay and clerical alike — to be kind, charitable, compassionate, merciful. He positively harps on it, with relentless persistence. He seems to have faith that exhorting us to be compassionate will bear fruit.
I wonder what would happen if he spent 264 pages exhorting and harping on us, with relentless persistence, to be chaste?
It may not work. I admit that. But is it less likely to work than his exhortations to be kind? If we’re capable of charity, has he no faith that we’re also capable of chastity?
[For those who don’t know, the Apostolic Exhortation is about marriage and family, and is controversial in that it seems to open the door to divorced and remarried couples being allowed to receive Communion despite living in situations involving sexual immorality.]