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Amoris Laetitia is Thomist, Pope tells author

August 21, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: In a letter to the British author, Pope Francis has said that Amoris Laetitia is fully in keeping with the constant tradition of the Church. The Pope told Stephen Walford, author of Pope Francis, the Family, and Divorce, that “the Exhortation follows the classical doctrine of St. Thomas Aquinas.” He said that his teaching develops “the magisterial hermeneutic of the Church, always in continuity (without ruptures), yet always maturing.”

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  • Posted by: feedback - Aug. 22, 2018 2:42 AM ET USA

    Maturing is about change from less to more mature, and so, "always maturing" would be always changing. And that is not what Jesus tells us about His teachings: "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away." [Matthew 24:35] He never promised that His teachings will "mature" later in the history.