Fr. Salvador Pié-Ninot, theologian, claims in L’Osservatore Romano: “#AmorisLaetitia is ordinary magisterium and even it is NOT guaranteed by the charism of infallibility, it is not devoid of divine assistance and calls for the adherence of the faithful.”

Salvador Pié-Ninot
Fr. Salvador Pié-Ninot
Magistero da accogliere e attuare

· Di fronte all’insegnamento dell’esortazione apostolica «Amoris laetitia» ·

Magisterium to accept and implement

· Faced with the teaching of the Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris laetitia” ·

L’Osservatore Romano, 23 agosto 2016

Italian/Google Translate English (THE WAR welcomes a better translation)

In questa fase di recezione ecclesiale dell’Esortazione apostolica Amoris laetitia (19 marzo 2016) di Papa Francesco sono emersi degli interrogativi sul tipo di magistero che questo documento rappresenta. At this stage of the ecclesial reception of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia (19 March 2016) of Pope Francis emerged questions about the type of teaching that this document represents.
Per poterlo definire in modo teologicamente corretto, può essere utile fare riferimento all’Istruzione — di certo poco conosciuta ­— «Sulla vocazione ecclesiale del teologo» della Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede, firmata nel 1990 dall’allora cardinale prefetto Joseph Ratzinger, che commenta le diverse forme del magistero della Chiesa presenti nella nuova formula della “Professione di fede”. Queste forme sono tre: il magistero infallibile, il magistero definitivo e il magistero ordinario ma non definitivo, essendo quest’ultimo quello applicabile ad Amoris laetitia come anche alla maggior parte dei testi magisteriali attuali. In order to define theologically correct way, it may be useful to refer to Education – certainly little known – “On the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian” of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, signed in 1990 by the then prefect Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who comments the different forms of the Church’s teaching in the new formula of “Profession of faith”. These forms are three: the infallible magisterium, the definitive Magisterium and the ordinary magisterium, but not final, the latter being the one applicable to Amoris laetitia as well as the most current magisterial texts.
Questa forma di magistero ordinario non definitivo secondo la citata Istruzione ha come obiettivo specifico quello di proporre «un insegnamento, che conduce ad una migliore comprensione della Rivelazione in materia di fede e di costumi, e direttive morali derivanti da questo insegnamento» che, «anche se non sono garantite dal carisma dell’infallibilità, non sono sprovviste dell’assistenza divina, e richiedono l’adesione dei fedeli» (n. 17), adesione definita come «un religioso ossequio della volontà e dell’intelligenza» (n. 23). Per questo si afferma che «la volontà di ossequio leale a questo insegnamento del Magistero in materia per sé non irreformabile deve essere la regola». Per questa ragione tale forma di magistero viene descritta dall’Istruzione come «di ordine prudenziale», giacché comporta «giudizi prudenziali», anche se viene attentamente precisato che tale qualifica non significa che «non goda dell’assistenza divina nell’esercizio integrale della sua missione» (n. 24). This form of non-definitive ordinary magisterium according to Education has cited as a specific objective to propose “a teaching that leads to better understanding of Revelation in matters of faith and morals, and moral directives resulting from this teaching” that ‘even if they are not guaranteed by the charism of infallibility, are not devoid of divine assistance and call for the adherence of the faithful “(n. 17), adhesion defined as” a religious submission of will and intellect “(n. 23 ). For this it is stated that “the will to submit loyally to the teaching of the Magisterium on matters per se not irreformable must be the rule.” For this reason this form of teaching is described in the Instruction as “prudential policy” since it contains “prudential judgments”, although is carefully specified that this status does not mean that “not enjoy divine assistance in the integral exercise of its mission “(n. 24).

(My emphasis)


Vatican newspaper article: Pope’s apostolic exhortation is magisterial teaching: News Headlines | Catholic Culture, August 24, 2016

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[UPDATE: March 17, 2017]

Vatican newspaper article criticizes dissent from Amoris Laetitia | Catholic Culture

One unanswered question RE: #AmorisLaetitia and its advocates: After confession, do those with “attenuating circumstances” return to their divorced + civilly remarried life?

Rocco Buttiglione
Rocco Buttiglione

Some comments on the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia – The joy of love and the consternation of theologians

The joy of love and the consternation of theologians · Some comments on the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia · July 19, 2016

by Rocco Buttiglione

The Endowed Chair of John Paul II in Philosophy and the History of European Institutions

2016-07-19 L’Osservatore Romano


Yet we must read the text more deeply. Once upon a time, divorced and remarried persons were excommunicated and excluded from the life of the Church. That kind of excommunication disappears from the new Code of Canon Law and Familiaris Consortio, and divorced and remarried persons are now encouraged to participate in the life of the Church and to give their children a Christian upbringing. This was an extraordinarily courageous decision that broke from an age-old tradition. But Familiaris Consortio tells us that the divorced and remarried cannot receive the sacraments. The reason is that they are living in a state of manifest public sin and they must avoid giving scandal. These reasons are so strong that any attenuating circumstances were rendered inconsequential.

Now Pope Francis tells us that it is worth considering such circumstances. The difference between Familiaris Consortio and Amoris Laetitia lies completely in this. There is no doubt that a divorced and remarried person is objectively in a situation of grave sin; Pope Francis does not simply advocate that such a person be admitted to Communion, but, like all sinners, to confession. There, he or she will relate all the eventual attenuating circumstances and will hear from the confessor whether and under what conditions he or she can receive absolution.


(My emphasis)

The one unanswered question:

After confession, do those with “attenuating circumstances” return to their divorced + civilly remarried life? If yes, under the conditions of Familiaris Consortio (November 22, 1981) | Pope John Paul II or under new different conditions?

Cf. Vatican Ramps Up Family Document Defense by Nicole Winfield (AP) | U.S. News – The Vatican is striking back at conservative critics of Pope Francis’ landmark document on family life.

Buttiglione’s argument, featured on the front page, marked a shift in the Vatican’s defense of Francis’ document, confronting the criticisms head-on rather than just praising the pope’s text.

The initiative could signal a more concerted campaign by the Vatican to ensure that the “The Joy of Love” is interpreted as Francis intended. Already, conservative Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has said that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics can only receive Communion in his archdiocese if they abstain from sex and live as “brother and sister.”

(My emphasis)

Buttiglione’s argument matches a previous statement by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, making the case that Pope Francis intended his apostolic exhortation to be interpreted as allowing for Communion for divorce-and-remarried couples on a case-by-case basis. The prominence given to Buttiglione’s essay in the Vatican’s official newspaper suggests a concerted effort to promote that interpretation of the papal document. – Buttiglione backs Amoris Laetitia in L’Osservatore Romano article: News Headlines | Catholic Culture, July 20, 2016

(My emphasis)

Rebuttals to Rocco Buttiglione and his article

Amoris Laetitia and the new church of Francis by Veronica A. Arntz Rejecting False Teachings on Marriage: An Analysis of Rocco Buttiglione’s Article

On Rocco Buttiglione’s Defense of Amoris Laetitia by Prof. Richard A. Spinello, August 9, 2016

When confessors evaluate such responsibility or blameworthiness they are usually looking at things retrospectively. Was the act in question done knowingly and voluntarily? If a person did not know or understand the pertinent moral rule, or she was forced into violating it, we can assume that her responsibility is limited or even nullified. A confessor might then determine that while the act was objectively sinful, the person is not subjectively culpable. However, as moral theologians like E. Christian Brugger have pointed out, the novelty of Amoris Laetitia is that it applies these conditions prospectively in order to determine the ability of someone to participate in the sacramental life of the Church. It highlights whether or not a person in an objectively sinful state is capable of overcoming his ignorance or extricating himself from that situation. If not, that person’s subjective culpability continues to be mitigated.

Amoris Laetitia and John Paul II by John Kush, August 11, 2016 | 1P5

Published on Sep 16, 2016
FR GERALD MURRAY and ROBERT ROYAL…the Papal Posse…discuss the implications of Pope Francis’s recent letter to some Argentinean bishops regarding “exceptional cases” in which divorced and remarried might receive Holy Communion.

Fr. Murray: ‘If you are living in an adulterous second marriage, and you approach Holy Communion at Mass, this is a contradiction of what God expects of you. Mitigating circumstances do not give you a get out of jail card, mitigating circumstances is about culpability for sin. Those apply in retrospect, you look back when you are making your examination for confession, what did I do, was anything involved. If you are planning on committing adultery tomorrow and the day after, you can’t claim mitigating circumstances, you have to say the call to conversion applies to me just like it does to everyone else.’ – Cf. October 3, 2016 PEWSITTER.COM: EWTN’s The World Over panel expresses Grave concerns over Amoris Laetitia And the Pope’s recent letter to the Argentinian Bishops by Andrew Parrish

(My emphasis)


Even in the unlikely event of a person invincibly ignorant stumbling into the irregular situation of divorced + civilly remarried without a decree of nullity on either party’s prior marriage and they went to confession, from the priest, they must hear what St. John the Baptist said to King Herod together with what Our LORD said to the Samaritan woman by the well, “she/he whom you now have is not your wife/husband and it is not lawful for you to have another’s wife/husband” [Cf. John 4:18 (RSVCE) and Mk 6:18 (RSVCE)].