The Pope and the Acta

Posted December 9, 2017 11:11 pm by John Paul Meenan, Editor

The Pope and the Acta

What are we to say about Pope Francis placing into the Acta Apostolicae Sedis (the official compilation of Magisterial texts) the interpretation of the Argentinian bishops of Amoris Laetitia, that divorced and remarried Catholics may in certain cases receive Communion, along with his own hand-written note that ‘no other interpretation is possible’?
Well, for one thing, although the Acta are indeed a compilation of what the Magisterium has issued, these ‘acts’ are of very varying degrees of authority, from the mundane and everyday, all the way to Apostolic Constitutions decreeing, for example, the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady.
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