Cardinal Walter Kasper has said he thinks a “growing majority” of the synod are in favor of his proposal to allow some divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive holy Communion. Speaking as he came out of Tuesday evening’s small working group discussions, the German cardinal said the Pope has witnessed such problems in his own family and that he has “looked at the laity and seen the great majority are for a reasonable, responsible opening.” The Vatican has not denied that the Pope wants such an “opening” in this area. The cardinal’s proposal to administer holy Communion to some divorced and “remarried” couples after a period of penitence has been roundly criciticsed by a number of senior Church leaders, including Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, and Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy. Cardinal Kasper also discussed his views on the synod, and appeared to suggest that African views on homosexuality — where the issue remains a taboo — are not listened to by the Western delegates in the assembly. Noting how “impossible” it is for Western delegates to comment on African issues, he said likewise “they should not tell us too much what we have to do.” (Source)
I’ll give Kasper credit for at least for telling us the truth about what the Pope said before the Synod started. And I see no reason to doubt him this time, either. Everything that Cardinal Kasper has said about Pope Francis has been true thusfar and has never been contradicted. In fact, it has been supported by the Pope’s own words (i.e. not agreeing with “conservative bishops”) and by his deeds (imposition of progressives to the places of influence at the Synod).
(You’ll notice too that Kasper doesn’t like the African bishops…a bit too conservative for his liking.)
Sorry, folks. I am really sorry, but a war has broken out and we all will have to choose sides. There are no easy solutions to this mess. Pope Francis told the young people to make a mess. Well, he’s got one on his hands of rather staggering proportions.
The Catholic Church did not back down from upholding the indissolubility of marriage when Henry VIII sought to “streamline the annulment process”, and She is not going to back down now…whatever Pope Francis or Cardinal Kasper say.
If Pope Francis insists on going down this road, he must be opposed openly and publicly by our bishops. We’ll find out then just how humble he really is, and whether he submits to the doctrine of the Church or whether the Church has become his own personal play-thing.
Pray very hard that Pope Francis reverses course….otherwise, St. Paul must confront St. Peter.