The latest on Pope Francis, from Leonardo Di Chirico


The “Uncertain Teaching” of Pope Francis

March 1st, 2017

Yes or No. This is the only way a Pope (or the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office responsible for Catholic doctrine) can answer a question posed by a cardinal or group of cardinals if and when they inquire about the correct interpretation or application of Catholic teaching. Yes or No was the expected answer that never came to a letter written to the Pope by four cardinals in September 2016 pleading with him for clarity regarding the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The letter asked the Pope five short questions about the exact meaning of some statements contained in the document on whether or not divorced individuals living in new relationships can have access to the Eucharist. Given that different bishops around the world are giving different answers (some saying Yes, others No), the four cardinals addressed the Pope himself hoping to receive an authoritative and univocal interpretation of the matter.

So far no answer has come, and the Pope has made it known that no answer will ever come. The Pope’s silence is causing perplexity and some worries in many Catholic circles. Is Catholic teaching becoming subject to many shades of grey? The incident also gives an opportunity to reflect on the Pope’s whole approach to the stability of doctrine. Is this absence of Yes or No only to be limited to this specific case, or is it a feature of an overall theological vision that lacks rigid reference points?…

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18 thoughts on “The latest on Pope Francis, from Leonardo Di Chirico

  1. Thanks, Maria. I’ve also posted quite a bit on this “Amoris” controversy and it’s an amazing conundrum for the church. With this document Francis is hoping to stanch the exodus of divorced remarrieds from the church without officially reversing “infallible” doctrine, but the traditionalists will have none of it. There’s been this tremendous amount of infighting over the specifics of who gets to receive communion, this from a church that also teaches Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, and even atheists can merit heaven if they “follow the light they are given” and are “good.”

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  2. Thank you for sharing this, Maria. When obvious theological error enters any church, there are only two ways to go. One way is to get back in line with obvious scriptural (Biblical) teaching. The other way is to go the way of man and come up with some decision (in this case no decision) to continue down the road of attempting to please all or do your own thing. Unfortunately, the Catholic “church” is centuries down the wrong road and the current pope seems to be taking it further down the wide path. This is a very interesting, though not surprising, post.

    By the way…who is Christiana? The name is now on the header of your blog.

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