Rome, Friday, April 8, 2016, 11:30 AM
Unveiling and Rollout of a New Genre of Papal Documents
Cut, Copy, and Paste from Church Treasure flavored à la Pope Francis
– Company Way or Timeless Magisterium? Published Friday, August 26, A.D. 2016 | By Donald R. McClarey | The American Catholic and The Magisterium of the Moment., Thursday, August 25, 2016 | Dyspeptic Mutterings.
[UPDATE: October 1, 2017]
Burke is one of those critics. One of his main arguments of late is that the papal exhortation is not an expression of the “magisterium,” that is, authoritative church teaching, but that parts of it may be correct but others are not. “A mixture of opinion and doctrine,” as Burke put it in his interview with RNS.
“We can’t understand this document to be magisterium in the way other documents have been because Pope Francis simply has a different approach to the papacy,” the cardinal said. “In his documents he mixes his own thoughts and approaches, which are personal, with questions of doctrine.”
Burke says he knows some disagree with him, but he said that he and “many serious-minded people” in the church hierarchy are calling for Francis to issue a follow-up document.
“I trust that something will have to happen also because some very formal calls for clarification are in process and they simply will demand a response,” Burke said, “not in any kind of hostile or aggressive way, but simply for the sake of souls because people are getting confused.” – Cardinal Burke insists he is serving Francis, not opposing him, by David Gibson | RNS