The conflicts set into motion today by “Amoris Laetitia” have a precedent in the Christological controversies of the late Roman empire. They were resolved by the ecumenical council of Chalcedon. From Chile, one scholar proposes that the same journey be made again
by Sandro Magister
ROME, November 28, 2016 – By the very act of not responding to the appeal of the four cardinals to bring clarity on the most controversial points of “Amoris Laetitia,” Pope Francis has made at least one thing understood. And it is his unshakeable certainty in the goodness of the processes that he has set into motion with the post-synodal exhortation, precisely by virtue of the calculated ambiguity of the text, which has opened the way to a multiplicity of interpretations and applications, some of them decidedly new with respect to the age-old teaching of the Church.
It is not the first time, in Christian history, that a situation of this sort has come about. Meaning that statements of the magisterium, intentionally unclear, have allowed multiple contrasting interpretations to coexist, even on central points of dogma.
This is what happened happened during the first phase of the Trinitarian and Christological controversies of the fourth century.
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