Amoris laetitia: “linguistic event”

linguistic event

The cleverness of purposed ambiguity is to be found anywhere and everywhere in Amoris laetitia. Finding the cleverness of purposed ambiguity in Amoris laetitia is like trying to find a drop in the ocean (to paraphrase Thomas More speaking about the works of Tyndale).

To call this a “linguistic event” is spot on. Throughout my years at the Jesuit Pontifical Biblical Institute both in Jerusalem and Rome, where I received the tools to spot the cleverness of purposed ambiguity in the works of ideological commentators, I have never seen anything so very purposed in its ambiguity. It seems that every page, every paragraph, every sentence, every phrase, every “and” and “the” is all the cleverness of purposed ambiguity.

Seriously, the ghost writers take the prize in the history of literature for purposed ambiguity. Hats off to them. Amazing. They are so good at it that everyone, those with no training at all, can also see at least some of the purposed ambiguity. A linguistic event, indeed!

Having said that, those accolades are all they get as a reward. Purposed ambiguity only sets up horrific divisions and rancor among the clergy and, then, among the laity whom they serve, one this way, one another way. Such a disservice.

By the way, the Truth is a living Person, who is also the Way and the Life, who will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. Amen.


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3 responses to “Amoris laetitia: “linguistic event”

  1. elizdelphi

    Cardinal Schonborn says “in certain cases, this can include the help of the sacraments” mainly means the Sacrament of Penance. This is not really getting any clearer to me.

  2. Matthew 5:37 answers this. A long time ago a very wonderful priest said ‘where there is confusion – there the Holy Spirit is absent!” I remembered his statement when Amoris Laetitia came out.

  3. SognPlaci

    I think the purposed ambiguity of Amoris Laetitia is not clever but clumsy. For me it was clear before Amoris Laetitia came out that this would be the trick with which its authors would try to fool us.

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