(Hamburg), the German weekly Die Zeit, which has little appreciation for Catholicity but excels as a Journal for food and interior decorating, with its concern for gender-correct world order, published in its exclusive edition excerpts from the speech by Cardinal Walter Kasper on the Thursday of the week just before the College of Cardinals gathered on the topic of remarried divorcees (see separate report Cardinal Kasper to Remarried Divorcees: "New Ways" Work Like The Council - Pope Francis: "Thank you Thank you." ). The Cardinal knows just where to find influential allies and to whom he has to pay tribute.
Actually, the Cardinal should talk about family, because he was mentioned at the Consistory and he said it should also be discussed at the Synod of Bishops in the fall. However, in reality, everything turned exclusively to one aspect of the overall question about sacrament of marriage, and then only to remarried divorcees.
Cardinal Kasper's exclusive: "Yes, but ..."
The 81 year old Cardinal urged the retention of Catholic doctrine, but for a change in Catholic practice and thus, yet again, change of doctrine. A dialectical form of wanting to pull a fast one. Thus Kasper's speech was a big "Yes, but ...".
"The German cardinal is quoted as saying:" Mercy is not a cheap grace that dispenses of repentance. But the sacraments are not a reward for good behavior and for an elite, which excludes those most in need of the sacraments. "
"If a divorced re-married man regrets that he has failed in his first marriage, when he was struggling for strength, to live the second civil marriage by faith, can we then deny him the Sacrament of Penance and Holy Communion?"
"Fear has nothing to do with Christianity. We believe indeed in the forgiveness of sins. On the possibility to start anew. "
Cardinal Marx and Cardinal Schönborn "Excited" by Kasper-speech
Archbishop of Munich, Cardinal Marx was impressed by Kasper's speech. The speech was the "overture" to a discussion that will not end soon. Cardinal Marx was the one whom Prefect Müller had publicly challenged as he recalled the Catholic doctrine. According to the indissolubility of marriage, it is therefore impossible for the approval of remarried divorcees to receive Communion.
It made Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Schönborn, "Impressed." In the current issue of the Vienna Archdiocesan newspaper, he calls Kasper's speech "dazzlingly formulated" and "excellent." It therefore speaks to "just where the familys' shoe pinches," said Cardinal Schönborn. But it was only that Cardinal Kasper, had just focused on the overall question of "family" on a single topic, which also primarily affects only the West.
Strategic Planning and Capitulation
There the signs are showing that at least give the impression, as though the successes were according to strategic planning. Such was the case with the convocation of the Synod of Bishops, the questionnaire to the Bishops and now the consistory were part of a deliberate mislabeling. It said "family" on it, but from the beginning on it related to the unhinging of Catholic teaching on marriage in favor of a particular group of remarried divorcees. By 29 June 2013, Pope Francis called the Synod of Bishops, on 8 October 2013, he called for an October 2014 Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the topic of "family ministry." It is guessed now by various quarters in Rome that the theme of divorced and remarried was part of a secret ballot surrender for Jorge Mario Bergoglio in conclave, which for the time being remains speculation. Whether he has obligations towards the main promoters of his election is actually valid can not be claimed for certain. It is known in any case that Cardinal Bergoglio would not have agreed to anything he does not share himself.
Exclusive Role of Kaspers and the Formation of His Opinion the Pope
So far, the Pope is silent on the "hot" topic. In the Tornielli interview last December he addressed German interpretations of his Apostolic Exhortation Gospel Gaudium, weakly, where Zollitsch is to have spoken of "new ways" for the remarried divorced. About which he addressed nothing to the Pope. and what he thought about it, the Pope did not say. Now he has written a short letter to "all the families" of the world from the Synod of Bishops, without, however, saying anything substantial. Not even though he had already exclusively commissioned Cardinal Kasper as the only speaker for the Cardinal Consistory at that time. An assignment that gives an above-average importance and visibility to a certain opinion. Addressing the Cardinals, but also to the public. It's an assignment that has the smell of a preliminary decision. On 10 March the full text of Kasper's speech will be published from the publisher Herder. One must already accept translations into other languages. Kaspers speech is also presented as only direct opinion from the College of Cardinals to the public. The more than 70 speeches of other cardinals remain unknown. And this, even though it was "heated" as it is called in Rome, were reactions to Kasper's foray. Die Zeit published excerpts for the German-speaking world. Comparable media caliber will follow tomorrow in other language areas. The soil is prepared. The danger of an actual or constructive schism of the German Church is off the table. Their interests have arrived by Cardinal Kasper in Rome. Exclusively. "German" wishes in terms of remarried divorcees are well on the way to prevail. Pope Francis is silent. He sets the stage, provides the choreography and staging, without even himself saying a meaningful word.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Radio Cristianidad
Image: Radio Cristianidad
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