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Vatican newspaper article: Pope’s apostolic exhortation is magisterial teaching

August 24, 2016

Writing in the Vatican newspaper, a Spanish ecclesiology professor said that Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia is part of the non-definitive ordinary Magisterium of the Roman Pontiff to which the faithful owe religious submission of intellect and will.

Father Salvador Pie-Ninot examined the exhortation in light of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s 1990 instruction on the ecclesial vocation of the theologian, as well as the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church.

Without mentioning Cardinal Raymond Burke by name, Father Pie-Ninot appears to disagree with the cardinal over the interpretation of Pope Francis’s words in the third paragraph of the exhortation.

In April, Cardinal Burke told The National Catholic Register that “Pope Francis makes clear, from the beginning, that the post-synodal apostolic exhortation is not an act of the Magisterium.” Father Pie-Ninot, on the other hand, believes that Pope Francis is referring to prudential judgments that are often included in documents of the ordinary Magisterium.


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  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Aug. 24, 2016 11:30 PM ET USA

    How can the "non-definitive ordinary Magisterium" be binding on anyone.

  • Posted by: keelergmom2722 - Aug. 24, 2016 9:11 PM ET USA

    The Theological Critique that was sent to the College of Cardinals was serious indeed. Was I failing to understand it? It sounded like there was a charge of heresy in the critique.When might there be some serious discussion on the matter. The entire Church needs to know.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Aug. 24, 2016 8:07 AM ET USA

    It is pretty difficult to implement ambiguity. If you don't believe this, just review the fiasco created by the spurious "spirit of Vatican II" in the aftermath of the Second Vatican Council. The Council said one thing, in some instances ambiguous, while the spurious "spirit" said the opposite. For example, in his attempt to remove the ambiguity infecting the Catholic world by an inaccurate English translation of the 1969 Roman missal, Pope Benedict authorized a new and more accurate translation