A New Council, Like Sixteen Centuries Ago

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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Source: A New Council, Like Sixteen Centuries Ago


One thought on “A New Council, Like Sixteen Centuries Ago

  1. Disregard my last. Spend no time on it. I read the linked article below on Amoris Laetitia. Your commentary rings of a time when Papal authority was temporal authority. The last vestiges of the Constantinian transformation of the Church passed with the loss of the Papal States in the Franco Prussian wars. Vatican II was a recognition of that final transition and a cornerstone of reconstruction of pastoral methods as a guide for the Church. As was sent to the Church nearly a millennia past, God has given us a man named Francis to help rebuild the Church. Temporal judgeships are no longer the realm of the Church Magesterium. Your call to bring down the Pope out of line with any profession of faith. Mutiny is not a subject a sailor takes lightly, even if it is just someone blustering in the bilge.

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