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Two more leading cardinals weigh in against Kasper proposal

September 22, 2014

Two of the world's most influential Catholic cardinals have added their names to the list of prelates arguing publicly against the proposal by Cardinal Walter Kasper for a change in Church discipline regarding the reception of Communion by Catholics who are divorced and remarried.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, and Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan have published essays in the international theological journal Communio arguing against the Kasper proposal. Vatican-watcher Sandro Magister of L'Espresso notes that ten members of the College of Cardinals have now gone on record against the proposal.

In his Communio essay, Cardinal Scola-- who heads the largest archdiocese in Europe, and was widely regarded as the leading candidate for the papacy in the most recent conclave-- outlined several ways to resolve the problems of divorced and remarried Catholics without any change in Church teaching.

 


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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Sep. 23, 2014 1:05 PM ET USA

    I too second Koinonia's sentiments here below. We've had far too much muddying of formerly clear waters lately by Church authorities who should (and I suspect DO) know better, too much grandstanding and playing to the gallery.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 23, 2014 11:23 AM ET USA

    Yo, what koinonia said.

  • Posted by: koinonia - Sep. 22, 2014 6:45 PM ET USA

    The wisdom of Holy Mother Church does not need any reinvention to accommodate the times. Rather the manner of communicating that which has been received might be explored and appropriately enhanced in order to pass on more efficaciously the beautiful principles that endure. Thanks to these cardinals for daring to speak out, to hold fast and to give the faithful much needed reassurance.