Skip to comments.Pope Francis ‘Will Disappoint Conservatives and Progressives,’ Says Cardinal Kasper
Posted on 07/18/2013 7:00:51 PM PDT by marshmallow
Both conservative and progressive Catholics will be disappointed in Pope Francis programme of spiritual renewal, doctrinal continuity and emphasis on the poor, a top German cardinal said.
In an interview with the Italian newspaper, Il Foglio, Cardinal Walter Kasper, a theologian and retired president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said: Many people are enthusiastic about (Pope Francis). He is a true pastor, he has great charm, a direct approach with people.
But he added that many will be disappointed in Francis, claiming that the conservative branch of the Church already feels let down because he doesnt have the intellectual heft of Benedict and then because he abolished the pontifical court something I am grateful for; it was an anachronistic extravagance.
The cardinal predicted the progressive wing would not be happy either because even though the Pope has ushered in a change in style, he will not change the content.
There is continuity in the doctrine between him and Benedict, he said. Pope Francis will not change anything with priestly celibacy, will not open ordinations to women or promote other progressive issues that are not part of Church teaching.
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There was a posting I read some time ago, that Blessed John Paul II taught what the faith is, Benedict XVI taught what the faith teaches, and now Pope Francis teaches how it is to be lived.
That reflection comes from one who is trying to have her first cup of coffee this morning.
Yesterday my parish priest blessed 3 young persons who are heading to Rio for World Youth Day yesterday. It took place right after daily mass.
I hope they have a wonderful time!
Thank-you! I do hope so too!
I always think unhappily about the “facilities” at very large events such as this!
I’d rather hear Cardinal Kasper speak more on the intentional confusion in the Vatican II documents.
I didn't read it that way. I read it as both sides will find something in his decisions that run counter to their own philosophies.