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Cardinal Kasper asks prayers for Synod, says 'a battle is going on'

March 23, 2015

Cardinal Walter Kasper has asked the faithful to pray for the success of the October 2015 meeting of the Synod of Bishops, “because a battle is going on.”

Cardinal Kasper-- who played a leading role in the 2014 Synod meeting, arguing that divorced and remarried Catholics should be allowed to receive the Eucharist under some circumstances—said that the Synod will face the challenge of articulating a position “which will not be a rupture with tradition, but a doctrine that is a development of tradition.”

The German cardinal made his request for prayers as he introduced a new book, Pope Francis’s Revolution of Tenderness and Love.


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  • Posted by: Bernadette - Apr. 01, 2015 1:51 AM ET USA

    And who started the battle?

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 25, 2015 12:14 PM ET USA

    The battle the Cardinal is referring to is the battle between the doctrines of the Church found in the documents of Vatican II and the spurious "spirit of Vatican II" that gripped the Church from 1965 until Pope Benedict XVI. Among other stumbling blocks for Catholics, this "spirit" gave us the NAB revised edition and faulty translations of the Catechism, the missal, et. al. It is clear that the "spirit of Vatican II" will only die when its supporters are no longer in a position of influence.

  • Posted by: unum - Mar. 23, 2015 9:07 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Kasper has taken an extreme position by characterizing the synod discussion as a "battle". The Holy Father asked for new approaches and ideas regarding the Church's legalistic treatment of divorced and remarried Catholics. It sounds like new ideas are being presented and discussed, just as the Pope wanted.