Vatican newspaper article: Pope’s apostolic exhortation is magisterial teaching

Vatican newspaper article: Pope’s apostolic exhortation is magisterial teaching

Catholic World News – August 24, 2016

Writing in the Vatican newspaper, a Spanish ecclesiology professor said that Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia is part of the non-definitive ordinary Magisterium of the Roman Pontiff to which the faithful owe religious submission of intellect and will.

Father Salvador Pie-Ninot examined the exhortation in light of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s 1990 instruction on the ecclesial vocation of the theologian, as well as the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church.

Without mentioning Cardinal Raymond Burke by name, Father Pie-Ninot appears to disagree with the cardinal over the interpretation of Pope Francis’s words in the third paragraph of the exhortation.

In April, Cardinal Burke told The National Catholic Register that “Pope Francis makes clear, from the beginning, that the post-synodal apostolic exhortation is not an act of the Magisterium.” Father Pie-Ninot, on the other hand, believes that Pope Francis is referring to prudential judgments that are often included in documents of the ordinary Magisterium.

Reference: Vatican newspaper: ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is authoritative church teaching (CNS)

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One comment on “Vatican newspaper article: Pope’s apostolic exhortation is magisterial teaching

  1. Catholic theologians, bishops, and cardinals cannot even agree on what Amoris Laetitia means, debating its footnotes, so which interpretation is now part of the ordinary Magisterium?

    Captain Kirk: Mister Spock! The disputed Magisterium and the evolving ambiguity of the hermeneutics of progressive modernism… analyze using your usual superior Vulcan logic which we no longer call “superior” out of concerns of being accused of excessive rigidity and neo-Pelagian triumphalism by liberals and progressive modernists who no longer use logic in their narratives and may be offended by claims on behalf of Aristotelian logic…

    Spock: Fascinating, Captain. Perhaps they were just horsing around, assuming that no one would notice the problem. On the other hand, we may be witnessing a subversive attempt by progressive modernists to revive the double truth theories of Siger of Brabant.

    Father Mulcahy, S.J.: Oh, yes, Father Gannon and Professor von Hildebrand had a fine debate on Siger of Brabant at Fordham once moderated by Father W. Norris Clarke, S.J. It was right after the Fordham-Holy Cross game.
    You know, there should be more attention given to 13th-century Averroism and the Condemnations of 1277 ….

    Catwoman: Siger of Brabant and 13th-century Averroism?

    Batman It’s technical. Naturally, we can discuss the applications to modernism after the lecture, if you think we will have time for that.

    Professor Alasdair MacIntyre: As long as we swing back to virtue, emotivism, and the foundations of modern ethics in a way which addresses the status of reason and epistemology in modernity….

    Ginger: Boy, the pope’s document on marriage and divorce really has people upset.
    You can feel the Angst building up.

    Mary Ann: Do you think Gilligan will be ready for the neo-Kantian Transcendental Turn?

    Professor Derrida: Of course, at this point Heidegger was still reading Duns Scotus when Brentano’s book on Aristotle was making the rounds, before Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires…

    Reverend Neuhaus: This might be a good time to discuss the Naked Public Square in modernity…

    Hans Küng: I would like to address that…

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