Showing posts with label Divorced and Remarried. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Divorced and Remarried. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Cardinal Arinze Counters Cardinal Marx

The emeritus Cardinal has clearly rejected proposals regarding the possible admission of remarried divorcees to Communion. The Ten Commandments were given by God, no one should consider himself wiser.

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Francis Cardinal Arinze has rejected proposals to relax the ban on Communion for divorced and civilly remarried  in no uncertain terms. Proposals of this kind had been expresed by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising  at the Synod of Bishops. Marx had justified its recommendation, among other things, saying that for many it appears "unrealistic" to require remarried divorcees abstinence. Sexual activity should also be assessed in each "life context". has reported.

Cardinal Arinze said: "The Ten Commandments have been given to us by God. Do we have the authority to say it was 'unrealistic' to expect the people to control themselves?" With the proposed argumentation, one could allow people to disobey any commandment of God. If you could say to the civilly divorced and remarried, that they need not obey the sixth Commandment, why should  there not similar  exceptions from the other commandments  be allowed, asked the emeritus Cardinal. 

Christ has foreseen every possible situation, as he had announced his commandments. No one should consider himself wiser than Jesus. "He is the Way, the Truth and the Life," continued Cardinal Arinze. 

Whoever receives Communion and is not in a state of sanctifying grace, thus commits another sin. In this way, no one can come closer to God, reminds Arinze. Communion for divorced-and-remarried is a rejection of Divine law: Cardinal Arinze

Trans: Tancred

Monday, June 29, 2015

Cardinal Kasper and His Unrealistic "Realistic Theology of Marriage"

(Freiburg im Breisgau) Walter Cardinal Kasper, spokesman of the "new Mercy" is striving to keep his followers on course, because there is considerable internal Church opposition to its "opening course". Once again the Jesuits prove to be his accomplices. His new 'plea for individual solutions',  the cardinal is spreading with in the Jesuit magazine "Voices of Time" throughout the world. The title of his essay is: "Admission of Remarried Divorcees to the Sacraments? A Thorny and Complex Issue ".
He had written the new text, says Kasper, to clarify "numerous misunderstandings" which arose after his presentation before the Cardinal Consistory in February 2014. At that time Pope Francis had given him a monopoly in order to promote    the admission "of remarried divorcees", and  those cohabiting in adulterous unions against Church teaching, to Communion.

If the arsonists shouts  "fire" 

Since then, the whole Church has been shocked by this fire, that Kasper  has set with the approval of the Pope. While some will try to extinguish it, others like Kasper blow, in order to arouse it even more. Kasper writes in modesty: "It was to be expected therefore that the issue has been newly flared up before and during the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in 2014". A rather daring, if not cynical remark from the mouth of the arsonist.
The German cardinal stressed in his plea in the "Voices of Time" for the "individual solution". At the same time makes the claim  to represent a "realistic theology of marriage", which he  shall recommend to the whole Church. Such must take into account failure as well as forgiveness.
After a time of penance those affected should be granted admission to Communion under clear conditions. As conditions  Kasper calls for "an honest judgment of the person concerned about his personal situation" and a positive opinion of the minister. The respective local bishop should have the overall supervision of these penitential period.

Kaspers Solution as "Higher Justice"?

Walter Kasper in the "Voices of Time"
Kasper emphasized that he demanded no derogations from canon law, but "a reasonable and compassionate application of the law". The Cardinal speaks in this context of his proposal even of a "higher justice" which it attains to in the application. In other words, he attests that the current practice is neither "mercy" nor "reasonable", although the right would permit such. Blame for the non-admission of remarried divorcees to communion thusly was the hard-heartedness of the Church, according to the former President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity .
Audacity can certainly not be denied of the German Cardinal as  he writes, despite the "pleading"  in the same breath: "It is essential in word of Jesus, that man must not separate what God has joined. It is found in all three Synoptic Gospels (Mt 5,32; 19,9; Mk 10.9; Luke 16:18).There is also the testimony of the Apostle Paul  (1 Cor 7,10 f.) [...]   Now just as ever we must now disarm the words of Jesus by adapting to the situation."

Master of Dialectics

But as a master of dialectics Kasper knows a way out, because the word of Jesus should be "Not be read as fundamentalist". In one sentence the cardinal dismantled and refashioned the  as authentic mission of Jesus and accused his opponents, the defenders of the marriage sacrament, of fundamentalism, some of the worst vocabulary that is used by  political correctness as an instrument of homicide.
The same thought experiment is revisited by the cardinal, when he praises the Catholic understanding of covenant: "As God's covenant in Jesus Christ is final and inextricably linked to the church,  the marriage covenant is as a real symbol of this covenant." However,  the next sentence is reworked beyond recognition into perspective by saying, "That's a great and compelling design. However, they must not lead an idealization that his hostile to life. "

"Flexible pastoral practice of some local Churches of the early church"

Each case should be checked with "understanding, discretion  and tact". A "general solution to the problem" can not exist, but only "individual solutions". Kasper justified this by claiming that the Church could even "really not speak of an objective situation of sin, without considering the situation of the sinner, each in their each unique personal dignity" for remarried divorcees. The cardinal then breezily asserts the alleged "flexible pastoral practice of some local churches of the early church." On this point, he has become more modest in comparison to the initial allegations, but without correcting its premise.
Thus the cardinal tried to allay widespread fears of a fundamental change in practice which would inevitably entail a change of doctrine in itself. But what is new behind Kasper's modesty with its emphasis on "individual solutions" is hidden in the final analysis, and despite the many words about "conditions", "narrow conditions", "votum of the confessor" and "supervision of the local bishop." After all, whoever knows the practice in the parishes, knows how unrealistic Kaspers "realistic theology of marriage" is. So unrealistic that within a short time, at least in our latitudes, a general laissez-faire  practice   would prevail among the clergy, in turn, which would inevitably have a negative influence on the doctrine of the Faith.

Kasper's Unrealistic "Realistic Theology of Marriage"

How many priests want to be confronted with  remarried divorcees and otherwise irregular cohabitants to put it bluntly,  be the "party pooper" and be saddled with preprogrammed conflicts in the parish. Not even to speak of the "oversight" by the local bishops. They would bureaucratize  their "supervision"  in no time at all by allocating to any office of their Ordinariate, which is the opposite of pastoral care.
Perhaps we should recommend Cardinal Kasper takes a  "realistic theology of sin" instead of a "realistic theology of marriage"   which is actually lacking in our dioceses and parishes.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Wikicommons / voices of the time (screenshot)
Trans: Tancred
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Marx: "German Bishops Stand Behind Kasper" -- Schönborn Also

Cardinal Marx and behind, Archbishop Zollitsch
(Rome) "The majority of the German bishops are in agreement with Kasper's proposal," Cardinal Reinhard Marx said on Monday, and so made outright admission of remarried divorcees from Communion. He took in the Synod Hall     immediately after the Relatio of the Rapporteur Cardinal Erdo.  Austria's Cardinal Schönborn agreed with Kasper. The German-speaking bishops in the Synod of Bishops immediately went on the offensive and sought to assume leadership. The new edition of the Rhenish alliance has already taken place in the German language area. The "Liberal" party is well organized.
Cardinal Marx, Archbishop of Munich-Freising, Chairman of the German Bishops' Conference , soon also Chairman of the Conference of European Bishops' Conferences, representative of Europe in the C9-Cardinals' Advisory to advise Pope Francis for reform of the Curia and management of the universal Church and chairman of the new Economic Council of the Holy See. A man with influence and in full awareness of his power .

German Offensive

"The Synod has a very open atmosphere," said the German cardinal. Even his Austrian counterpart, Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn immediately signaled a readiness to be open  regarding the "positive elements" of civil marriage.
"We have discussed and deepened this topic and I've written the Secretariat of the Synod to inform him" about the German position, Cardinal Marx, whom Benedict XVI. named in 2008 as Archbishop of Munich-Freising, with which he has enabled his rise to his the current positions. Marx, born in 1953, has been Bishop of Trier since 2002  and before that  in 1996, he was Auxiliary Bishop of Paderborn.  
"In Germany we have decided that the debate should be public. Pius XII. had spoken of the public opinion in the Church and we need to see the family as it is today and talk about all issues and all challenges with pastoral sensitivity. For Christians, the truth is not a system of ideas, but a living person with whom we are in  dialog," said  Marx at the press conference of Vatican Radio .
In the Synod Hall there is  no climate of conflict, just to listen and be respectful. One must look at the complexity of reality and also to the life stories of people who are or were not always all positive or all negative.

No to Faster Approval of the Nullity of Marriage Instead of Communion for Remarried Divorcees

Marx also added that the German bishops were not interested in an acceleration of the marriage annulment process.  Benedict XVI. had already called for an acceleration of  methods while dealing with the same content, as a possible answer to the drama of failed marriages, because it is lawful to examine the validity of the marriage.

Cardinal Schönborn stands behind Kasper: the new Rhenish Alliance
But the German bishops  do not want to keep putting it off. They demand as the only acceptable response to  current "real life", the approval of remarried divorcees to Communion. At least, this is the suggestion  of Cardinal Marx.  Because if the marriage foundered after many years, it is difficult to decide whether the marriage validly occured or not. Finally, want to "we do not want to think about   a kind of 'Catholic divorce'', said the Cardinal dialectically.

Cardinal Burke Spokesman of the "Conservatives"

On the afternoon of the first day   Synod,  after Cardinal Walter Kasper , Cardinal Raymond Burke also took the floor. He belongs with four other cardinals, as  the author of a book against Kasper's proposal. Cardinal Kasper is,  with papal benevolence, the spokesman of the "liberal" party, Cardinal Burke is regarded as the spokesperson of the "Conservative" party. In psychological guerrilla warfare that was tried before the Synod, to set the traditional to beset the Cardinal with rumors and threats of pressure. It is noticeable also that in the external perception of the Synod, what penetrates widely to the outside was represented as the opinion of the "Liberals", while those of the "conservatives" on the other hand,  should have been largely suppressed. The progressive Dehoniana journal Il Regno, which is close to the school of Bologna, set up a special website to continually report on the Synod's activity. A filtered reporting.

Cardinal Schönborn's (expected) Shoulder to Shoulder with Kasper

In the afternoon, Archbishop Christoph Cardinal Schönborn of Vienna and President of the Austrian Bishops' Conference and Ratzinger disciple, spoke up. He shared a number of Kasper's statements about the existence of elements of Christian marriage in the civil marriage: the public obligation, the duty to the spouse, the stability and more. As the Second Vatican Council has recognized that the true Church of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church, but it is possible to recognize elements of  Church also in the other churches and Christian communities, so it would be possible, given these positive elements of Christian marriage to recognize civil marriages. Therefore, with Kasper's  consideration, one could, for a time of penance, consider the situation of remarried divorcees on a case by case basis, and admit them to the sacraments.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Il Foglio / eponymousflower.blogspot
Trans: Tancred
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Venetian "Second Marriage"? Surprise Coup at the Start of the Bishops' Synod With Distortion of Council of Trent

(Rome) The Roman Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica has  launched a surprise coup and is rushing in time for the start of the Synod of Bishops  to help Cardinal Walter Kasper. For this purpose the magazine is distorting, with the special proximity to the reigning Pope, the Council of Trent.

To support the thesis of Cardinal Walter Kasper  the fortnightly magazine dug something from the basement with papal imprimatur  which had sat there, dusty for centuries. A gesture of the Council of Trent for the few Catholics of the Greek Islands, which were under Venetian rule, some of whom received a second marriage in the prevailing Byzantine rite.

In the article by Father Giancarlo Pani SJ in the latest issue of Civiltà Cattolica was drawn attention to by the Vaticanist Sandro Magister.

After praise for Kasper's "theology on its knees," the Jesuit magazine took this position entirely as its own

The Jesuit magazine settled on the 4th of October, the eve of the start of the Synod of Bishops,  to publish its essay. Apart from a post in which Cardinal Kasper's "theology on his knees" was praised, it is the first direct contribution to the theme "second marriage", which is  advocated by a German Cardinal for the approval of remarried divorcees to Communion.

Not only is the strategic timing remarkable, but how the renowned and lofty official papal character of the magazine broke its silence. It made Kasper's thesis completely its own. The German cardinal "is called by the first line as a landmark," said Magister.

The Civiltà Cattolica is not just any magazine, as the Vatican's censorship shows.

Since its inception, all posts are required to be submitted to the Vatican Secretariat of State prior to their publication and has obtained a license to print to this day. Hence conclusions can be drawn. The contributions come exclusively from the pen of Jesuits. Between Pope Francis, a member of the Jesuit Order himself, and the current editor of the magazine, Father Antonio Spadaro, there is "tightest agreement" (Magister). Father Spadaro is internally to the Church what Eugenio Scalfari is outside as the most important interpreter of the papal thought and action.

"Ecumenical" Opening of the Council of Trent for "Second Marriage"?

To move the Synod of Bishops to be "open" towards "second marriage", the Jesuit magazine continued with a surprise move. It dug out of the otherwise less noticed Council of Trent, that council which reaffirmed more than any other, the unity and indissolubility of sacramental marriage bond.

This Council does in fact contain a formal condemnation of "second marriage", as is common in the Eastern Churches, and not only among the faithful of the Orthodox Rite, but also among the Catholics of the Eastern Churches united with Rome.

"The Council Fathers of Trent had been moved to make this gesture, which the Jesuit Magazineconsiders as 'ecumenical' ante litteram, to allow the Catholics who lived in the Greek islands of the Republic of Venice and with the approval of their Latin bishops, to visit the Orthodox churches. The Venetian ambassador addressed the request to the Council, 'to allow these Catholics to maintain their rites, including the possibility of a second marriage if the spouse had committed adultery," said Magister.

After a heated discussion, the Council Fathers decided by 97 votes to 80, to match the application and formulate the new Canon. The new Canon affirmed the indissolubility of marriage, but no longer contained an explicit condemnation of the Eastern practice.

Jesuit Magazine Repeatedly Overhauled Kasper's One-sided Presentation

The author of the contribution in the Civiltà Cattolica is Father Giancarlo Pani SJ, Professor of Church History at the University La Sapienza in Rome. He reconstructs the debate at the Council of Trent with numerous details, including all references to the Council Fathers, to the New Testament and the Church Fathers.

In his own account of the ecclesiastical practice of the early Christian centuries, however, Father Pani follows exclusively the representation of Giovanni Cereti and whose book Divorzio, nuove nozze e penitenza nella Chiesa primitiva (Divorce, Remarriage and Penance in the Early Church) from 1977, which was reissued in August 2013  in time for the new debate. Cereti is the main, if not sole, source of Cardinal Kasper in his speech to the cardinal consistory last February. All recent studies on the subject, such as those of the renowned patrologists Crouzel Henri and Gilles Pelland, both also Jesuits who "literally destroyed" Cereti (Magister), Kasper ignored completely and as  Father Pani does now in this essay.

This results from the article in the Civiltà Cattolica gives the impression that the Council of Trent already gave a gesture of "evangelical mercy", which should be taken up and amplified now, as the Synod of Bishops meets and that the alleged benefit "of those Christians who are suffering a failed marital relationship life ".

Council of Trent Did Not Open by any Means to the "Second Marriage"

"In reality," said Magister,there was no "opening" by the Council of Trent towards the second marriage: "it was decided only in this point with that reservation, which was also in the centuries previously and was maintained thereafter, in no direct conflict to come with the Orthodox churches."

The exceptional situation that prevailed in the Greek islands of the Maritime Republic of Venice, was resolved  again by itself, as the islands were occupied by the Ottoman Empire and were lost for Venice. It never repeated, not even for those Eastern Church communities united with the Church of Rome. There was an advance profession of faith  required of them, with which it expressly recognized the impossibility of a second marriage.

The article in the Civiltà Cattolica reinforces the impression that there is strategic planning on the topic in the context of Pope Francis, which fosters the "opening" for remarried divorcees whose outward spokesman is Cardinal Walter Kasper.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Lion of St. Mark (Marco Boschini: Map of Crete, 1651) / Council of Trent
Trans: Tancred

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Cardinal: There's No Conspiracy Against the Reform For the Remarried Divorced

De Paolis criticizes freedom of speech and debate within the Church.

Rome ( CBA) Two weeks before the World Synod of Bishops on the Family, the Italian media is fueling further debate about dealing with divorced and remarried in the Catholic Church. In an interview with the newspaper "La Repubblica" the retired Italian Cardinal, De Paolis Velasio, rejected on Saturday the claim that the opponents of a change in Church practice have come together to form a conspiracy.

He wanted to have the freedom to say what he thinks "without being accused of being a conspirator," said De Paolis, who was president of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See until 2011. He pointed out that he had first published an essay that deals with the subject months ago. The Italian Cardinal is one of five authors of a paper whose contribution expects adherence to the existing exclusion of remarried divorcees from receiving Communion.

The publication date of the book in Italy, will be four days before the start of the World Synod of Bishops, on October 1, which had fueled speculation in the media that it was a deliberate action by the opponents of reform. It is directed in particular against the retired German Cardinal Walter Kasper, who advocates a cautious change [sic] in the current practice in dealing with divorced and remarried, as speculated by some observers.

He wanted to make a contribution to the dialogue with his opinion, De Paolis said, continuing in the interview. At the same time he insists that he would also like to add an opposing vote in the Synod of Bishops. "So I would have no problem". De Paolis argued against the idea that one can only change the praxis without calling into question here previous doctrine. There should be no conflict between teaching and everyday pastoral care, says De Paolis.

The Cardinal pointed out that he had first released the essay question months ago. Among the other authors of this volume are also the prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine and the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller as well as the retired German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller. Their contributions have been previously published already elsewhere. (C) 2014 CBA Catholic News Agency. All rights reserved. Any media usage and forwarding only under written agreements with CBA allowed.

Trans: Tancred

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Pope Receives Ecclesia Dei Secretary Pozzo Shortly Before the Meeting With Cardinal Müller and Bishop Fellay

(Vatican) Pope Francis has received Curia Archbishop Guido Pozzo, secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei in audience on 18 September.
There is nothing at present of the content of the meeting between the Pope and the Titular Archbishop of Bagnoregio on Lake Bolsena, north of Rome. The audience took place a few days before the meeting announced for September 21  between Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation, and Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X. Both the Holy See and the SSPX confirmed the upcoming meeting,  but didn't give an exact date. Officially there was talk of a date in "near future".
The Commission Ecclesia Dei is part of the CDF. Its President is Cardinal Müller. He is one of the nine outstanding Cardinals, including some heads of departments of the Roman Curia, who came in these days with two international publications in defense of Catholic teaching on marriage against the theses of Cardinal Walter Kasper to the public.
Cardinal Kasper responded, insulted and is hiding behind Pope Francis. Everything he did, "is agreed to by the Pope."
Bishop Fellay had said last April to Kasper's theses: "We can not to wait until the Synod meets in the autumn in its  devastated spirit, which Cardinal Kasper wants to give it, without raising our voices. (...) A Pastoral, which suggests the express teaching of Christ about the indissolubility of marriage is not merciful, but insults God  Who imparts His grace sufficiently to everyone; moreover they are cruel towards   souls, who are in difficult situations and receive that Grace which they need to live a Christian life and to grow in virtue, even to heroism "
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: SSPX / Wikicommons
Trans: Tancred

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Cardinal Marx "Affirms" the Indissolubility of Marriage

Edit: I see what you did there.  

DBK-Chairman: Church is bound up in this question to the word of Jesus. Sacramental recognition of the second relationship after failure of the first is "excluded".  But there are "Other forms of recognition"  to be considered.

Frankfurt ( The chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx (photo), has reaffirmed the Catholic understanding of the indissolubility of marriage. The Church is bound up in this question to the word of Jesus, said the Archbishop of Munich and Freising, "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" (Friday). At the same time,malif Marx admitted that the church had to face the fact that marriages fail and break up families.

"We need to overcome silence in the face of failure," Marx said. So the question arises, what does the Church have to say about a second relationship, which also could have its "own moral quality". A sacramental recognition is, however, in the words of the Cardinal "excluded". But probably there are "other forms of recognition" which have not yet been considered sufficient, says Marx. Further details were not mentioned by the Cardinal.

He did not anticipate the Synod of Bishops being convened by Pope Francis on matters of marriage and family.

In the fall, the bishops will meet in the Vatican, to discuss these issues. A second meeting is planned in the coming year.

Individual theologians refer to overlooking the handling remarried divorcees considering the practice of the Eastern Churches, in which, although no second marriage is consummated, the second relationship can blessed as a community of responsibility. Another question in this context is the admission to the sacraments. Under current understanding, the divorced and remarried are excluded from receiving communion.

(C) 2014 CBA Catholic News Agency. All rights reserved. Marx Cardinal Photo (c) Archdiocese of Munich and Freising

Trans: Tancred

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