The problem isn’t that Pope Francis doesn’t understand our context, says Thomas G. Guarino in today’s On the Square ; the problem is that we don’t understand his theology:

Throughout his work, however, Vincent ardently insists that “development” can never mean a substantial transformation, a change in the very essence of a church teaching. The theologian of Lérins very carefully balances growth and preservation. Does growth occur? Yes, he says, and exceedingly so. Any development, however, must be in fundamental continuity with the prior doctrinal tradition, particularly those landmark issues settled by ecumenical councils.

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