Vatican newspaper: ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is authoritative church teaching

The comment string had some interesting ones.  One commentor had the nerve to say that the earthquake in central Italy was God warning that this article and Amoris laetitia is heresy and also saying that the lightning that struck St Peter’s basilica on the evening of B16’s resignation was also God telling us that God was not happy with that.  Do these people belong to the same Church as us???  However, as of this posting, the comment string on National Catholic Reporter, the source for this article, is shut down ….reyanna

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service        August 23, 2016  NCR on-line

Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family is an example of the “ordinary magisterium” — papal teaching — to which Catholics are obliged to give “religious submission of will and intellect,” said an article in the Vatican newspaper.

Fr. Salvador Pie-Ninot, a well-known professor of ecclesiology, said that while Pope Francis did not invoke his teaching authority in a “definitive way” in the document, it meets all the criteria for being an example of the “ordinary magisterium” to which all members of the church should respond with “the basic attitude of sincere acceptance and practical implementation.”

The Spanish priest’s article in L’Osservatore Romano Aug. 23 came in response to questions raised about the formal weight of the pope’s document, Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”). For instance, U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke has said on several occasions that the document is “a mixture of opinion and doctrine.”

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