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Cardinal Turkson suggests open debate on Amoris Laetitia

December 07, 2016

Cardinal Peter Turkson suggested an open public debate on the interpretation of Amoris Laetitia, in remarks to the National Catholic Register.

“For all of these people who’ve said things, written things, each in their own different contexts, a great thing that could happen is have them all on stage,” said Cardinal Turkson, the prefect of the new Vatican dicastery for Integral Human Development.

The cardinal’s comment is included in a roundup by the Register of the many contrasting remarks issued by Catholic bishops about the papal document.

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  • Posted by: wsw33410 - Dec. 08, 2016 3:19 AM ET USA

    Another smokescreen from the Vatican. For, who is supposed to moderate such debate, evaluate it and draft conclusions? As a matter of fact, the debate IS already ONGOING - those who have questions and express doubts are called all kind of bad names by Francis and his surrogates.

  • Posted by: frjpharrington3912 - Dec. 08, 2016 12:47 AM ET USA

    In fairness to the four cardinals the documents referenced in their letter "Seeking Clarity" to Amoris Laetitia are post conciliar and were authored by St. John Paul II, who also presided as Pope over the revision of the Code of Canon Law in the Church. Such thinking, one could argue, does indeed show an understanding about how the Holy Spirit has been working in the Church since the second Vatican Council. Historically such thinking has served the Church well in defining the truth.

  • Posted by: feedback - Dec. 07, 2016 8:06 PM ET USA

    The deficiency of the questionable part of AL is in its obvious lack of connection to the teachings of the Church. No amount of debate will ever be able to bring clarity before a reference to Scripture and Tradition is established.