The world Turned Upside Down

What in the world is happening to Christoph Schoenborn?

Once an urbane, aristocratic disciple of Joseph Ratzinger, he seems to be re-emerging as an enthusiastic upholder of the Bergolio ascendancy. To his admirers (among whom I count myself) this is a bewildering development. Perhaps the reporters have got it wrong.

After misquoting our own Blessed John Henry about the nature of doctrinal development [see Catchetical below], the Cardinal has gone on – according to an interview in Corriere della Sera – to state ‘that it is “obvious” that Amoris Laetitia is an act of the Magisterium since it is an Apostolic Exhortation’ and that ‘all previous magisterial statements concerning marriage and the family now have to be read in the light of Amoris Laetitia,  just as today the First Vatican Council (1869-1870) must be interpreted in the light of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965).’

What in the world does he mean?

The status of the document was not ‘obvious’ to some. So what are Christoph’s criteria?

And what if – as many maintain – AL contains material which is plain contrary to previous statements of the Magisterium (Familaris Consortio, for example)?

It is strange language indeed which characterizes the contradiction of a statement as an interpretation of it.


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