Card. Kasper wants to re-write the Catechism

Many people think that irregular unions are some brand new phenomenon that the Church has never encountered before and which requires an entirely new approach.

The truth of the matter is very different. The Church has been dealing with this since Her beginnings. Remember Herod and Herodias? St. John the Baptist showed no “pastoral” compromise for  that irregular union and he got beheaded for it. Ditto for St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher who were decapitated in the 16th century by King Henry VIII over his irregular union.

Nothing new under the sun.

That’s why the Catechism has a couple of paragraphs that explicitly cover exactly the Cardinal Kasper proposal. Take a look :

1650 Today there are numerous Catholics in many countries who have recourse to civil divorce and contract new civil unions. In fidelity to the words of Jesus Christ – “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery” the Church maintains that a new union cannot be recognized as valid, if the first marriage was. If the divorced are remarried civilly, they find themselves in a situation that objectively contravenes God’s law. Consequently, they cannot receive Eucharistic communion as long as this situation persists. For the same reason, they cannot exercise certain ecclesial responsibilities. Reconciliation through the sacrament of Penance can be granted only to those who have repented for having violated the sign of the covenant and of fidelity to Christ, and who are committed to living in complete continence.

1651 Toward Christians who live in this situation, and who often keep the faith and desire to bring up their children in a Christian manner, priests and the whole community must manifest an attentive solicitude, so that they do not consider themselves separated from the Church, in whose life they can and must participate as baptized persons:

They should be encouraged to listen to the Word of God, to attend the Sacrifice of the Mass, to persevere in prayer, to contribute to works of charity and to community efforts for justice, to bring up their children in the Christian faith, to cultivate the spirit and practice of penance and thus implore, day by day, God’s grace.

It’s all there already: the indissolubility; adultery; the impossibility of communion unless they live complete continence; and especially the welcoming pastoral approach required towards these people so that they don’t feel alienated but continue in a relationship with God and the community. It’s all there.

Some people claim that the Church never had “pastoral” sensitivity until Pope Francis came along. Nonsense. St. John Paul II commissioned the Catechism. Read paragraph 1651 again and tell me that you don’t get the warm and fuzzies. Where we may have room for improvement, perhaps, is in applying the above-mentioned pastoral practice in real life. That’s really tricky because you don’t want people in irregular unions to get too comfortable and think that their situation is acceptable in God’s eyes.

Maybe I’m late to the party, but I was actually shocked when I stumbled on these paragraphs. I hadn’t realized that it’s all spelled out. Even though the Catechism was published more than 20 years ago, it remains so topical and current.

Need we remind Cardinal Kasper of what St. John Paul II declared of the Catechism at the time of its publication:

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, which I approved 25 June last and the publication of which I today order by virtue of my Apostolic Authority, is a statement of the Church’s faith and of catholic doctrine, attested to or illumined by Sacred Scripture, the Apostolic Tradition and the Church’s Magisterium. I declare it to be a sure norm for teaching the faith and thus a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion… a sure and authentic reference text for teaching catholic doctrine. (Source)

We can’t challenge or re-write the Catechism, as Cardinals Kasper and Marx effectively want to do, because it reflects the Church’s definite and immutable teaching. Attempting to do so would be heresy, as Cardinal Brandmüller pointed out.

3 thoughts on “Card. Kasper wants to re-write the Catechism

  1. The Church was persecuted in Pagan times,but the people called Church in our Bible were not buildings.These edifices called Church ruled by Bishops only were allowed after Roman Emperor Constantine declared Christianity his State Sanctioned Worldview/Religion about the year 307.Before this Christians were persecuted by government decree,like Jizya in the Moslems holy Koran,or like in today’s Western so-called “neutral”Secular Democracies.All this history is in The Vatican libraries,but the majority of Western Civilization has been indoctrinated in the values of “neutral” Secular Politically Correct Paganism through the schools since only 1962.The people in Vatican city know this,as do the Protestant Cult leaders,but it seems as most have converted to so-called “neutral” Secularism through the schools,because Secularism makes life miserable for Christians,by government decree. Secular Edifices of worship can only be filled when Secular Sophists are the Chief Priests.So much for the neutrality of Secularism.

  2. Wrong Mr / Ms Citizen. The Church of Christ = the Church of the Apostles to no protestant / evangelical cults has any connection to or or legitimacy from the Apostles and Apostolic time. That debunks your comments of “our” church and our bible. There has always been Bishops assigned to govern, in collaboration with the priests, the faithful Christians ( Catholics) placed in their care. There is no connection with Constantine and the foundation of the episcopacy as you stupidly allege. Go read credible ecclesial and secular history, not that crazy mid western American dribble written in a Kellog’s style teaching institute you’d call a seminary.

    All the apostles were the first Bishops and began the Apostolic tradition in the sees of Rome, Antioch, Alexandria, Athens, Corinth, Jerusalem, old Carthage, Tyre, Tarsus, Damascus 300 years before Constantine was even born. The Church is that founded by Christ, that holds to all Revealed Truth and ALL that is held within scripture. That has clear authority and clear governing and teaching authority from the Church of the Apostles ( not one protestant cult ) thus the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, led by Christ’s Vicar on Earth, the Pope and all the Catholic Orthodox Episcopacy.

    • Mr. Hickey, there’s nothing in Citizen’s comment that contravenes Church teaching. He is a well-known reader of this blog. If you read his comment carefully, you’ll see that he doesn’t connect the foundation of the episcopacy to Constantine, only the construction of physical churches

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