Cardinal Kasper continues to push for communion for divorced Catholics, but says that they will have to go through a nullity process and penance first? This nullity process is a new twist to the whole debate. Since they already have annulments for marriages, what is new?
‘German Cardinal Walter Kasper has retracted a previous a statement attributed to him where he allegedly said that Pope Francis was supportive of his proposal to allow divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive the holy Communion after a period of repentance.
Such a proposal is considered a major departure from the Church’s teaching on Communion, marriage and divorce.
What the pontiff wanted, according to Kasper, was for the “question” to be put before a gathering of cardinals.
Kasper, was also earlier quoted as saying that a “growing majority” of synod members supported his position and that he was simply promoting what Pope Francis wants.
The cardinal, whose position for decades has gathered both stern criticism from conservative theologians and euphoric support from other church leaders,..the cardinal said he was determined to push forward his proposal as he showed little signs of being discouraged with the opposing views expressed by a number of bishops worldwide.’ Church, Christian Today
I believe that the pope’s reason for ‘asking the question’ is to simply his liberal way of opening the door to accepting immoral action that has been excepted by the world but clearly condemned by the Catholic tradition.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.