Sunday, May 11, 2014

Cardinal Kasper (3)

Continuing my discussion of Cardinal Kasper's interview.

Blesseds Zélie and Louis Martin
This is where things get fun. He says, "When it comes to the CDF’s criticisms of some theologians, there was not always due process. That’s evident, and here we must change our measures," which follows on his earlier comments regarding Sr. Elizabeth Ann Johnson as reported by Rorate Caeli-no matter what you think of that blog, it's a comprehensive account- that throws the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the US bishops, who in this case definitely did the right thing, under the bus. What's with throwing the CDF under the bus? It gives me and others the impression that people really don't care about teaching and handing down the apostolic faith.

And Fr. Ray Blake left a comment in a post on Fr. Hugh Somerville-Knapman, OSB's blog, wherein he points out the number of people who have separated themselves from Holy Communion by virtue of being unrepentant sinners. Everyone from thieves to Mafiose to liars to yes, the one particularly special and complicated case of the divorce and remarried who seem to be clamoring for an unrestricted access to the sacrament. It also seems that in the other cases, people either commit further sin by receiving Our Lord in a state of mortal sin or they don't receive at all (the right thing to do for all of us in mortal sin) but don't clamor for a change to Eucharistic discipline for their cases, unlike some among the divorced and remarried and their "advocates," for lack of a better word (it's probably bad to generalize like that...).

In the next paragraph, does Kasper refer to the Orthodox way of dealing with the divorced and remarried Christian couple? I won't take an exclusivist position on the dogmas of the Council of Trent because it appears that Trent, even for its dogmatic statements on marriage, didn't deal with it as thoroughly as one might have liked (there were Greek churches in communion with Rome around Venice who permitted second marriages, evidently, and they tried not to alienate them into schism). As he does, I'll return to that later.

I'm not sure the cardinal said anything of value regarding forgiveness and mercy. Maybe it's that English is a second language, but it's very much a series of incomplete thoughts connected by commas.

And a biggie, living together as "brother and sister" wherein he totally undermines the purpose of the Christian life: But it’s a heroic act, and heroism is not for the average Christian. There are so many issues with that statement. Everyone is equally called to holiness, and Benedict XVI stated that we were made for greatness. To love is to participate in the greatness of God, and we all can love, we all need to love so that we might be with God in Heaven.

To be continued

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