Skip to comments.Cardinal Burke opposes Cardinal Kasper's proposal for divorced/remarried Catholics
Posted on 03/22/2014 10:26:36 AM PDT by NYer
Cardinal Raymond Burke has voiced a clear disagreement with Cardinal Walter Kaspers proposal for a new approach to allow Communion for Catholics who are divorced and remarried.
Appearing on the EWTN TV broadcast of The World Over, Cardinal Burke told host Raymond Arroyo that Cardinal Kaspers proposal, introduced at a February consistory of the worlds cardinals, would seem to conflict with established Catholic doctrine and canon law.
In my estimation as a canonist I do not think it is possible, said Cardinal Burke, who is the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Churchs top canonical tribunal. He added: I trust in coming days the error of his approach will become ever clearer."
Cardinal Burke pointed out that Cardinal Kaspers address was delivered to the cardinals during a meeting at which discussions were originally intended to be confidential. But since the thrust of the German cardinals proposal had become widely known, he said, he felt obligated to report that Cardinal Kaspers ideas had met with some resistance among the cardinals.
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For good, bad, or indifferent. The discussion should be held and under confidentiality so that all views and reasons can be discussed.
Whether or not to actually change Catholic doctrine/dogma, I see that as a separate and profound decision.
I don’t think anything is going to change at all.
You read my mind.
I agree with Salvation. Throughout the 2000 year history of the Catholic Church, there have been many such discussions on a myriad of topics. We have assurance from Christ that not even the gates of hell will prevail against His Church (Matthew 16:18).
"It is reminded that in the Church, when it is a question of accusations against a cardinal, the competence belongs only to the Pope; other entities can have a consultative function, always with due respect for the persons."
-- from the thread Pope Clarifies That Only He Can Criticize a Cardinal
Salvation you said:
I dont think anything is going to change at all.
And like Nyer, I agree with you. But, as the line from the play 1776:
Hopkins: Well, in all my years I ain’t never heard, seen nor smelled an issue that was so dangerous it couldn’t be talked about. Hell yeah! I’m for debating anything. Rhode Island says yea!
To hold a discussion and current moods/points of view, does not mean that it will result in a or that there even needs to be a change.
They may be able to tweek the process of applying for and investigating facts for possible annulments a little, in order to streamline and speed up that whole process a bit, without sacrificing the integrity of the process, and at the same time not try to change the Church's doctrines on receiving communion in any way, which would make the Holy Spirit contradict Himself in His unerring guidance of the Church concerning her actual teachings (which He cannot and will not do).
You also don't want to end up with an express lane for approvals of possible annulments that are not truly justified, but like some elderly drivers who do 10 miles an hour in a 55 MPH zone, it probably wouldn't hurt to apply just a tad more leverage to the gas pedal (so to speak), and arrive at a slightly less cumbersome and more timely and cost-effective decision making process, which still fully honors the integrity of the whole annulment investigatory stage through its conclusion, for the people it applies to.
I love this man.