Romano Amerio – Part 4

Following our post “Part 3”, we observe Amerio’s astute judgment on the wake of the renunciation of authority:

Renunciation of authority brings with it uncertainty and flux regarding the law. By receding from its own positions, authority denies and contradicts itself, giving rise to a sic et non (yes and no) in which doctrinal certainty and practical stability are lost. The old adage lex dubia non obligat (a doubtful law does not oblige) applied to the situation we have described leads to a failing authority seconding the successive impositions of those who rebel against it, and the rebels thus become the source of law” (Iota Unum, p. 155).