Kasper Apologizes; Suggests Catholic Media will Avenge Him!

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Remember, just a couple of weeks ago, when Cardinal Walter Kasper was asked about the publication of Remaining in the Truth of Christ, which responded to his frequent public discussions on the reform of doctrinal disciplines?Kasper remarked, "that's how politicians talk."We could perhaps say the same about his latest words and apologies concerning his remarks about the African bishops participating in the Extraordinary Synod. The apology goes like this:“If one of my remarks about A … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: No Commendatore, No Michael Corleone

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It may have gotten a four minute standing ovation from his Bishops, but Pope Francis' closing remarks to the synod, which I thought were pretty beautifully wrought, are being praised-but-quietly by others, at least as I am surveying today.It seems to me people aren't really appreciating what Francis said there -- how capably and clearly he let both the "left" and the "right", the progressives and the traditionalists, know that neither side has a corner on the fullness of the faith or the … [Read more...]

Ivereigh on Realities of African Bishop Participation

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Well, the clock is ticking. A final paper will soon be forthcoming from the Synod Fathers, and there will no doubt be drama, because there is always drama.But people should remember that no matter what is handed out from the synod it's still going to be, in a manner of speaking, a "working document", in anticipation of next year's synod. It is not a teaching document, nor an authoritative one; it is meant to get people thinking and praying, mostly. Some -- many -- may willfully chose to … [Read more...]

Kasper is Missing a Chance to Demonstrate Mercy – UPDATED

Hey, don't listen to those African bishops! Unless you're an African in Africa...and even then!

Cardinal Walter Kasper today addressed his recent remarks to a group of reporters, numbered among them Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register (and Zenit). You can get the background by reading through these posts. The controversy involved his words concerning the bishops of Africa -- which he brought up -- and his denials about ever having spoken to Zenit (a misunderstanding) or having spoken the words that came out of his mouth (intent does matter, and it may have been innocent). … [Read more...]

Pentin on Kasper: I did tape the talk, didn’t mention Zenit – UPDATED

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National Catholic Register reporter Edward Pentin has released a statement in response to Cardinal Kasper's assertion that he never spoke to Zenit or made some rather inflammatory remarks on African Bishops. Writes Pentin:His Eminence Cardinal Walter Kasper spoke to me and two other journalists, one British, the other French, around 7.15pm on Tuesday as he left the Synod hall.I transcribed the recording of our conversation, and my iPhone on which I recorded the exchange was visible. I … [Read more...]

Kasper: “Never talked to Zenit, Said That About Africans!”

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A couple of interesting things:Primo: Cardinal Kasper is saying he never said anything about the African bishops or church and never talked to Zenit.On Twitter, Austen Ivereigh (whom you should be following, if you're not) offers a fast, "unofficial" and "working translation" picked up from a Spanish translation of the German so...as he notes, "...open to amendment in the circuli menores.":"I am appalled. I have never spoken this way about Africans and I never would. I assure you … [Read more...]

“These Africans!”: Kasper Reverses Progressive Dogma – UPDATED

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Yeah, I am sorry; I try not to get into the politics of the church and all that -- because I hates it -- but Cardinal Kasper is falling victim to the easiest temptation to the ego: to keep talking into microphones when you really should stop. ZENIT: It has been said that [Pope Francis] added five special rapporteurs on Friday to help the general rapporteur, Cardinal Peter Erdo. Is that because he’s trying to push things through according to his wishes?Cardinal Kasper: I do not see this g … [Read more...]

Relatio, OY! Problematic Paragraph 50! #Synod14

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Yes, the language in paragraph 50 is troublesome, and fast-becoming notorious. Indeed, would homosexuals like hearing that the orientation of straights is "to be valued" in and of itself? I get it, you can stop sending me emails, b/c friends, I have no time to answer themBecause the language is causing a furor -- Father Dwight is pretty unhappy with it. I'm trying to keep in mind that this relatio we are all working from is an unofficial translation, and that those sometimes contain a … [Read more...]

Gradualism: Two More Thoughts on its Gravity #Synod14 – UPDATED

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I: It is instructive, and a little depressing, to watch Catholic social media come alive with reactions to the synod's relatio text, which -- let's remember -- is going to be revised and clarified in another week, and then studied, thought about and prayed over for at least a year. The secular media is, naturally, trying to drive the narrative to its preferred talking points (and they're making sure to beat up on poor old Pope Benedict XVI, so whisper up a prayer for him).In social media, … [Read more...]

#Synod14 Relatio: Catholics, Fasten Your Seatbelts! UPDATED

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Let us hold on to our hats, everybody!The Extraordinary Synod for the Family is only half-completed, and its denouement will not be known until October 2015 or even later, but if the relatio post disceptationem, the mid-term report of this Synod is any suggestion, then, as Vaticanista John Thavis suggests at his blog, it's going to be a bumpy year, Bette; a bumpy year!The relatio emphasized the “principle of graduality” – the idea that Catholics move toward full acceptance of chur … [Read more...]


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