Pope Francis released a 256-page document Friday entitled “Amoris Laetitia” or “The Joy of Love”, calling the Roman Catholic Church “to be more welcoming and less judgmental” towards all types of family life. The over-arching meaning to the text called for the Church to be open and empathetic to families of “irregular” situations, such as single parenthood, divorce, or even gay marriage. The document also urges for a change in the pastoral role in regards to divorced and remarried people and their ability to receive Holy Communion. The idea stems from a German-speaking bishops’ plan of inviting divorced and remarried Catholics without an annulment to speak to a priest and come up with a solution that best fits their families and faith. It is unlikely that new rules on the topic will be released in the near future, however, the statement can and should be treated as guidelines for priests and bishops throughout the world.