30 April 2016

A Brief Note on the Meaning of Amoris Laetitia

Much has been said about the exhortation, its dubious language, and its problems.

For the present here's the main thing: the intention of the pope was clearly to change the way these "difficult situations" are handled.  He wanted to open up space for a new case by case discernment of moral situations.  While it may be unclear whether the document endorsed Kasper's "penitential path", the fact remains that, even if such an endorsement was not given, the legal authority will not stand against prelates who teach and encourage such approaches.  Thus they have become legitimate de facto, just as the neomodernism of Schillebeeckx and Rahner was legitimized by the silence and lack of discipline after the council.