Frankenpope Declares Troubling Interpretation of AL ‘Authentic Magisterium’

Some are arguing that Frankenpope is using a “back door” in order to raise to the level of official teaching what his defenders had been describing as merely new “pastoral” discipline.

by Church Militant • December 2, 2017

A direct contradiction of Canon 915

Church Militant is confirming that Pope Francis has officially approved the interpretation of Amoris Laetitia that opens Holy Communion to the divorced and civilly remarried in some instances, directly contradicting Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law, arguably making this interpretation binding on the consciences of the faithful.

In a Papal Rescript granted on June 5, 2017 ex Audientia Sanctissimi to the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, and just now released by the Vatican in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis, the Holy Father has raised to the level of “authentic Magisterium” both the private letter he wrote on September 5, 2016 to Bp. Sergio Alfredo Fenoy, the Delegate of the Buenos Aires Pastoral Region of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina, and the Criterios Basicos para la aplicación del capitulo VIII de Amoris laetitia (“Basic Criteria for the Application of Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia”), issued on the same day by the bishops of the Buenos Aires Pastoral Region.

The directives of the Buenos Aires bishops caused controversy last year because it interpreted the pope’s apostolic exhortation to allow Holy Communion in certain cases to those in invalid unions who deliberately engage in sexual relations. In the Pope’s September 5 letter to the bishops, he praised their interpretation.

“The document is very good and completely explains the meaning of Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia,” he said, adding, “There are no other interpretations.”

According to experts whom Church Militant has consulted, the importance of the official decision of the Pope to elevate the referenced documents to the level of “authentic Magisterium” and order their publication in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis (the official register of the Holy See, a compendium of decrees, encyclicals, appointments and other official acts of the Holy See) cannot be underestimated. The issuance of the decision through Rescript form puts to rest any more discussion regarding the official and precise interpretation to be given by the episcopal hierarchy and faithful to Amoris Laetitia.

Church Militant’s unofficial English translation of the Rescript published in Latin, states:

The Supreme Pontiff decrees that the two Documents that precede [this Rescript] are to be made known by publication on the Vatican website and in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis, as authentic Magisterium. From the Vatican Palace, on the 5th day of June in the year 2017. (emphasis added)

Pietro Cardinal Parolin
Secretary of State

The terms of art, authentic Magisterium, are especially referenced in canon 752 of the Code of Canon Law:

While the assent of faith is not required, a religious submission of intellect and will is to be given to any doctrine which either the Supreme Pontiff or the College of Bishops, exercising their authentic magisterium, declare upon a matter of faith or morals, even though they do not intend to proclaim that doctrine by definitive act. Christ’s faithful are therefore to ensure that they avoid whatever does not accord with that doctrine. (Code of Canon Law Annotated, 2nd ed. Midwest Theological Forum: Woodridge, 2004, p. 586) (emphasis added)

The use by the Supreme Pontiff of the terms “authentic Magisterium” has been qualified as “very troubling” by one expert whom Church Militant consulted regarding this breaking development, because such usage is primarily employed in strictly categorizing doctrines pertaining to faith or morals, not merely ecclesiastical discipline. Consequently, some are arguing that Pope Francis is using a “back door” in order to raise to the level of official teaching what his defenders had been describing as merely new “pastoral” discipline meant to “accompany” divorced and civilly remarried faithful in their “discernment” as to whether they can receive Holy Communion despite living more uxorio (as husband and wife).

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  1. Church Militant prefaces its combox on the above post with the following warning:

    Speak with respect about the Vicar of Christ on our page. The proper response to this is deeper prayer and sacrifice, not insults or name-calling.

    Nonetheless, CM states its position to a question from a commenter of where they stand on the issue:

    It should be obvious we do not approve of Holy Communion to the divorced and civilly remarried under any circumstances, in accordance with the longstanding discipline of the Church.

  2. “Deeper prayer and sacrifice”?
    Absolutely and always.
    “Insults or name-calling”?

    You Didn’t Find The Thing Insulting, The Thing Found You Insulted.

    In other words, those of good will never find the Truth insulting; the Truth is NOT insulting.
    Lovers of Truth just accept the Truth, as the great gift that it is. If Truth reveals to you a defect or evil in your character, you rejoice in being given a most precious enlightenment, by which a way is opened by which you may work to destroy that defect or evil.
    And if someone accuses you of a defect or evil that you are not in fact guilty of…WHY should you care? How CAN you care? That person is jabbering about something that does not exist. How can you care about nothing?
    But Haters of Truth (aka Lovers of Self) respond to revelations of their defects and their evilness by being “insulted”.

    Bottom line:
    NO ONE…(Yes, I’m screaming at you, you damnable fools!)…NO ONE is exempt from being told the Truth!

  3. Uh, oh. Looks like someone’s been keeping up with his readings and meditations in philosophy and theology!
    Good one, NIN!

  4. Dear CM:
    Here’s some dimes.
    Call your mothers to explain why you won’t become professors of dogmatic OR spiritual theology.

  5. In early October Sandro Magister published a piece on who might be the next Pope: Conclave Trials, with Parolin in Pole Position. summarized it as Will He [i.e., Cardonal Parolin] Be the Next Pope?, listing Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Curia Cardinal Robert Sarah, and Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin as the three most possible candidates, dismissing Cardinal Tagle as “too much of the same” (i.e., Frankenpapst-like) and Cardinal Sarah as “too Catholic” to appeal to the necessary 2/3s of the now Frankenpapst-packed College of Cardinals, but chosing Cardinal Parolin for his “managerial skills to pilot the Church through the confusion created by Francis and
    … correct Francis’ lurches without betraying his ‘spirit’.”

    With Cardinal Parolin’s announcement in Frankenpapst’s name (the Rescript in the Acta) that His Holiness’ letter and the Gaucho-church bishops’ guidelines are now “authentic magisterium,” IMHO His Eminence can be seen not as a moderator but as an enabler of Frankenpapst’s “lurches” and thus would be more of the same if he were Pope.

  6. Church Militant fumbles again!

    Similar to the time during the Synod on the Family when Church Militant Milquetoast (especially Mikey Voris) initially got upset at something that Frankenpapst said or did (specifically I do not remember nor wish to research it out at this time) and seemed ready to take the ball and run it to the goal-line but instead fumbled on the one-yard line with followup remarks that evaded the issue, so now they/he have done the same with this issue, turning their attention to other matters – especially blaming almost everyone else but Frankenpapst.

    Judge for yourself from the references below.

    The Vortex, 12/4/17: CRITICAL MOMENT: Pray for storm to be calmed (Video and transcript)

    The Download, 12/4/17: TROUBLING TIMES: Stay true to the Faith (Video and audio)

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