Skip to comments.A Reflection on Cardinal Kasper's Speech on the Family (Robert Fastiggi,Prof of Theology)
Posted on 03/19/2014 8:40:02 AM PDT by NKP_Vet
Robert Fastiggi, Ph.D. professor of systematic theology at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, MI, has shared the following response to Cardinal Walter Kaspers Feb. 20th address to an extraordinary consistory of cardinals. The cardinals address focused on the family but his comments on divorced and remarried Catholics caused some controversy. Here Professor Fastiggi examines the speech and aspects which he finds problematic.
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I just wish Pope Francis had the theological grasp that Professor Fastiggi has.
>>In an interview, Cardinal Kasper said Francis approached him in December about making the speech. He said he told the pope at a later meeting that he wanted to focus his speech on strengthening and encouraging marriage but also raise the issue of divorced Catholics and communion, and that he worried that advocating change might offend some cardinals.<<
“Yesterday, before falling asleep, though not to fall asleep, I read, or re-read, Cardinal Kaspers remarks. I would like to thank him, because I found a deep theology, and serene thoughts in theology. It is nice to read serene theology. It did me well and I had an idea, and excuse me if I embarrass Your Eminence, but the idea is: this is called doing theology while kneeling. Thank you. Thank you.<<
“also raise the issue of divorced Catholics and communion, and that he worried that advocating change might offend some cardinals”
He should have said offend Jesus. You can’t change scripture and that’s what Kaspar needs to get through his head.
The problem with the above statement is that Kasper was paraphrasing the Pope. It was the Pope who feared offending some cardinals. That's why he invited Kasper to break the "heretical" ice.