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“the organic development of doctrine"

Discussion in 'Catholic DIR' started by pearl, May 28, 2022.

  1. pearl

    pearl Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2005
    I think this is but one of several instances Where Francis has revisited the vision of Vatican II.
    I realize it probably be accepted by more traditional Catholics, but it does exemplify the differences
    between John Paul II and Francis, one promoting the Council and the other undermining it.

    The Austrian cardinal describes Francis’ opening as “a classic case” of “the organic development of doctrine.” He explained that here “there is not a change [of doctrine],” but there is “the organic development of doctrine,” along the lines that John Henry Newman had envisaged. He recalled that just as John Paul II had “developed doctrine” in “Familiaris Consortio,” so, too, Francis has done the same in “Amoris Laetitia.” He suggested that one might even say that this new development was in some way “implicit” in No. 84 of “Familiaris Consortio,” which looked at three different situations. In any case, the cardinal said, “There is continuity in teaching here, but there is also something really new. There’s a real development [of doctrine], not a rupture.”

    The great question, obviously, is this: How do we form consciences? How do we arrive at what is the key concept of this great document, the key to correctly understanding Pope Francis’ intentions: ‘personal discernment,’ especially in difficult and complex situations?

    He recalled that “discernment is a central concept in Ignatian exercises” which “must help to discern the will of God in the concrete situations of life.”
    ‘Amoris Laetitia’ represents an organic development of doctrine, ‘not a rupture.’ | America Magazine