Cardinal Kasper: Pope will disappoint ‘progressives,’ ‘conservatives’
Catholic World News - July 18, 2013
Stating that “it's not possible to pigeonhole” Pope Francis “in the classic European conservative-progressive debate,” Cardinal Walter Kasper told an Italian paper that the Pope will disappoint both sides.
Many self-described conservatives “will be disappointed in Francis," Cardinal Kasper said, “because he doesn’t have the intellectual heft of Benedict and then because he abolished the pontifical court -- something I am grateful for; it was an anachronistic extravagance.”
On the other hand, self-described progressives will be disappointed because Pope Francis “will not change the content” of the faith.
He will not, for example, change “anything with priestly celibacy, will not open ordinations to women,” said Cardinal Kasper, the President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
Pope Francis “is not a conservative or a progressive,” he added. “He wants a poor Church and (a Church) of the poor.”
Turning to the topic of curial reform, Cardinal Kasper called for monthly meetings between the heads of curial dicasteries and for direct communication between dicastery heads and the Pope without going through the Secretary of State.
“The right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing,” said Cardinal Kasper, and the Secretary of State “has become of late like a government middleman.”
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Posted by: wvcatholic -
Jul. 18, 2013 1:58 PM ET USA
If the words and acts of the Pope do not deeply disturb and offend you from time-to-time, then he is not doing his job. If the homily you hear at Mass does not make you angry and upset every one in a while, then your pastor is not doing his job. If your ordinary political and social beliefs are not changed by the Teaching of the Church, then you are not a true Catholic.