Receptivity

Noisw have I got this straight?

Cardinal Schoenborn believes that Amoris Laetitia is ‘obviously’ a magisterial document and that as such it trumps all previous statements of the magisterium, which must now be ‘read in its light’.

Are we, in consequence, to conclude that development of doctrine – once thought to be a process of centuries of reflection and reception –  can, in these enlightened times, be achieved in a matter of forty years or less?

Familiaris Consortio (1981) and Veritatis Splendor (1993) ‘read in the light of’ Amoris Laetitia (2016) are surely quite different documents. That being the case, the best advice a confessor can give (if the penitent is less than fifty years old) is to hang on in there in the hopeful expectation of another encyclical or another Pope.

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