Understanding Amoris Laetitia may take years: Cardinal Schönborn

Understanding Amoris Laetitia may take years: Cardinal Schönborn

[Similar to the long-awaited proper implementation/interpretation of the Vatican II documents?]

Catholic World News – June 01, 2017

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna said that he is not worried by conflicting interpretations of Amoris Laetitia, because it will take years for the Church to absorb the proper understanding of the papal document.

“Reception is always a long process,” Cardinal Schönborn said, in an interview with John Allen of Crux. He remarked that the implementation of the councils of Trent and Nicea took more than 200 years, and “the reception of Vatican II is far from over.” He suggested that the understanding of Amoris Laetitia would require a similar process.

Questioned about the guidelines that have been issued by several episcopal conferences, the Austrian cardinal said that “it’s still too early” to set rules for implementation of Amoris Laetitia. However, he rejected the idea that the papal document relaxes Church teachings on marriage. In some regions of the world, he said, it would “lead into a stricter attitude.” This might be true in the West, he said, where “we are rather tempted by laxity.”

Cardinal Schönborn said that Pope Francis seeks in Amoris Laetitia to find a middle path between two extremes: “The rigorist knows everything in advance and those who are lax let go of everything.”

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7 comments on “Understanding Amoris Laetitia may take years: Cardinal Schönborn

  1. Implementation of the pronouncements of the councils of Trent and Nicea may have taken years, but understanding is (and I presume was) apparent upon reading them. When something is as diabolically ambiguous as VII or Amoral Laetitia, it is better for one’s soul to take the quicker route and simply reject it.

    May his reign be short.

  2. Understanding Amoris Laetitia may take years

    Christoph, you’ll have all eternity. Take your time.

  3. Schönborn Not Worried by Contradictory Teachings


    Liberal Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (72) of Vienna is “not really” troubled that different bishops interpret the controversial document Amoris Laetitia in a contradictory way. “Reception is always a long process”, he told CruxNow on Tuesday.

    Schönborn aims at getting in touch “with the spirit of Amoris Laetitia”. This will “need time,” and, “It needs discussion, and I’m not afraid that the voices of the bishops and of the laity aren’t fully concordant.”

    According to Facebook user Linda C. most of what Schönborn says in the interview is, “a pathetically transparent, desperate and stupid attempt at gaslighting [manipulating]”.

    • The Austrian prince of balloons and unicorn-friendly trendiness was the senior editor of Wojtyla’s CCC, going back almost three decades, now.
      Any fair reading of that tan doorstop in comparison with the Catechism of the Council of Trent makes evident in minutes the “gaslighting” and “stalinization” of the Tridentine mentality which began to erode as soon as the last great Pope, Papa Sarto, went on to Heaven.
      Were I “Pope for a Week” one of my first acts would be to command that the Catechism of the Council of Trent be reprinted, Wojtyla’s edition recalled and consigned to a locked warehouses and that all NO neo-Kathlyckx be reuired to sit for a written exam on doctrinal questions before they could, once again, approach the Sacraments, save for Confession and infant Baptism.

      At which point, it would be evident how few Catholics so-called in the conciliar era, in fact, even were, or are.

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