We should perhaps recall the standard pecking order for papal utterances:
1. Ex cathedra pronouncements on doctrine or morals, usually accompanied by the sound of trumpets.
2. Encyclicals, like Laudato si', which settled once and for all the question whether, every time you boil the kettle, a polar bear drowns in agony.
3. Apostolic exhortations, such as Amoris Laetitia. Of which more later.
4. Off-the-cuff comments on aeroplanes. Moreover, if the flights are with Easyjet or Ryanair, then passengers are expected to pay extra if they wish to be given some new papal teaching.
5. Interviews with Eugenio Scalfari, especially if his hearing aid wasn't working properly and he has lost his notes.
6. Tweets, such as:
@pontifex Come to communion. All welcome! LOL
Statements made when the pope is wearing a red nose are not Magisterial.
All this means that Pope Francis's Amoris Laetitia is of rather more weight than some random nonsense about women deacons from Fr James Martin SJ, but less magisterial than a doctrinal statement on Father Zuhlsdorf's blog.
Now, reactions to the exhortation vary, but, if you are not sure whether to throw a wobbly or not, then here is a useful flow chart to help you decide.
How you should react to Amoris Laetitia.
So where does this leave Cardinal Burke, once the hero of traddies everywhere, and persona not very grata with Pope Francis? Well, apparently he has refused to jump in with both feet and say "We're doomed! We're doomed! Pope Francis is the anti-Christ! We're going to be overwhelmed with people like Cristina Odone taking communion! Head for the hills! Where's my SSPX Welcome Pack?"
Instead, the great Raymond has said that the document is personal, that is, non-magisterial (a bit like this blog, come to think of it). The argument is that the Pope's exhortation is based on the 2015 session of the Synod of Bishops, which, as everyone knows, was a real chimpanzees' tea party.
Warning - this is what a nasty liberal modernist looks like.
Anyway, don't ask me what it's all about. I'm waiting for the film.