Amoris Laetitia Confusion Deepens

Given Bishop Philip Egan's tweet this morning, there can be no doubt that interpretations of Amoris Laetitia are making it really difficult for relations between bishops & priests. People are genuinely confused and that confusion is only being exacerbated by bishops giving differing interpretations, with Bishop Egan, for example, interpreting Amoris Laetitia in the context of Church teaching, see here, but Archbishop Scicluna stating publicly that
"Whoever wishes to discover what Jesus wants from him, he must ask the Pope, this Pope, not the one who came before him, or the one who came before that. This present Pope."
Which is not what the Church has ever taught!

Now we are left wondering, does Cardinal Müller speak with an authoritative voice? 

Some claim that his interview presents an authoritative perspective on Amoris Laetitia, but if that is in fact the case, why a newspaper interview and not a CDF notification? Of course, the latter is the normal way of doing things in the Church, but that would require a rubber stamp from the Pope. 

Is it +Scicluna we should be listening to and if so, what kind of teaching authority remains in the Church if we can ignore 265 Popes and only have to consider the current one?


  1. Sounds like Pius IX as a private theologian "I am tradition". What a strange fusion of 19th century ultramontanism and modern moral laxity does it present.


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