(Milan) While within the Church one of Benedict XVI's corrected essays of 1972 is being discussed, Archbishop Angelo Cardinal Scola Milan gave an interview yesterday published by Corriere della Sera on a position about Communion for remarried divorcees.
Cardinal Scola was, as has been the case with Cardinal Walter Kasper, appointed by Pope Francis personally to the synod. Under the impact of the first part of the Synod the Archbishop replied with a rejection of the "new mercy." When asked whether he could imagine that Pope Francis will make a decision for Communion for remarried divorcees, Cardinal Scola said: "I think, rather, that he will not take it."
The Cardinal had been the favorite in 2013 in the conclave, and had received the most votes in the first ballot, but did not prevail. His appointment as a member of the synod was seen by observers in this context. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milan is among one of the largest Diocese in the world with nearly five million Catholics and is considered the most important in Italy after Rome's diocese.
"Can young people not talk about the indissolubility of marriage, if there is always a way to escape"
"How could we tell the young people who marry today that marriage is indissoluble, when they know that nevertheless there is always a way to escape?" Cardinal Scola brought his rejection to that point. In the direction of Cardinal Kasper the successor of Saint Ambrose said, "I can see no adequate justification for an attitude that claims on the one hand, that the indissolubility of marriage would not be discussed, but appear to deny it simultaneously through its acts."
In the same interview, Cardinal Scola insisted on the right and the duty of the Church to the society, to take a public position on critical issues: "We can not release publicly any comment." "The greatest danger" is now "through surrogacy eliminating descent by children who are brought into the world, the orphans living parents," said the cardinal.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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