Yet another “joy” document…

Antipope Francis

“Apostolic Exhortation” Gaudete et Exsultate
on the Call to Holiness in Today’s World

March 19, 2018

The Vatican’s endless word factory has just released another monster of a document: Jorge Bergoglio (a.k.a. “Pope Francis”) has released his third-so called Apostolic Exhortation, and just like the other two, it has a cognate of “joy” in its title: Gaudete and Exsultate (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), taken from the words of Christ in the Beatitudes (Mt 5:12) follows Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”) and Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”). We can assume that no document on the threat of damnation for unrepentant sinners, perhaps entitled Discedite a Me Maledicti (“Depart from me, you cursed”; Mt 25:41), will be forthcoming any time soon, at least not before the U.S. government pays off the national debt.

In its English version, Gaudete and Exsultate has 22,064 words. It contains five chapters that include a total of 177 numbered paragraphs and has 125 footnotes. The word “hell” appears exactly once, in n. 115, and not as the place of eternal punishment for the damned but as the origin of what Francis denounces as “verbal violence through the internet and the various forums of digital communication.”

The Vatican has made the text of Gaudete and Exsultate available in sundry languages, of which we make the following available via links:

We have gone through the entirety of the English text and put together what we believe to be the most important passages in the document:

The exhortation is officially dated Mar. 19, 2018, but it was not actually published by the Vatican until Apr. 9, 2018. Vatican News has put together a promo video clip for the document, which you can watch here:

A video of the press conference presenting the release of the exhortation has also been made available by Vatican News:

The following is a list of links with coverage, summaries, and commentary on Gaudete and Exsultate by various sites:

We have produced three brief podcasts reviewing Gaudete et Exsultate. They are worth a listen:

We have run the text of Gaudete et Exsultate through a word cloud generator, which counts how many times each word appears in a document. The more frequent the appearance, the larger the resulting word. The word cloud for Gaudete et Exsultate looks like this:

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