Pope Francis' Amoris Laetitia

Fr. Javier del Castillo will hold a guided reading of Pope Francis’ exhortation on marriage and family life.

The purpose of this class/reading group is to read and interpret Amoris Laetitia in its entirety. Why did the Pope write this work? What can we learn from it? Our reading and analysis will seek to provide a profound and realistic view of the sacrament of marriage and family relations, which challenges a spectrum of idealistic conceptions our culture and (perhaps) our own wishful thinking have forged for themselves. The class will thus seek to help us examine what we can do in order to improve our own blood relationships. In addition, we will analyze and interpret the famous and controversial Chapter 8, dealing with irregular marital situations. We will ask questions such as: Can this chapter be interpreted within the Tradition of the Church? What is the Pope really saying? Has the Pope changed doctrine or law by means of this document? Something, somewhere seems to have changed, but what?

Depending on the subject matter covered, the classes will be led in a seminar format which will allow for ample participation and input from everyone in attendance.

Childcare will be provided for $20 regardless of the number of children.

Reading Group: Pope Francis' Amoris LaetitiaAbout our Speaker:

Fr. Javier del Castillo is a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei. He was the chaplain at Northridge from 2009 to 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Doctorate in Philosophy. In previous years, he has taught courses at Parent University on Aristotle, St. Augustine Confessions, the Gospel of St. John, the Book of Wisdom, and on the Virtue of Hope.


  • Oct 19, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Nov 16, 7:30 – 9:00pm
  • Jan 18, 7:30 – 9:00pm
  • Feb 15, 7:30 – 9:00pm
  • Mar 15, 7:30 – 9:00pm
  • Apr 19, 7:30 – 9:00pm