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Cardinal Kasper: Pope's post-Synod document is imminent

March 16, 2016

Cardinal Walter Kasper has said that the long-awaited document from Pope Francis, summarizing the conclusions of the Synod for the Family, could be released this weekend.

The German cardinal told an audience in Italy that the document will be about 200 pages, and will be ready "in a few days." Other informed sources in Rome have said that the document will be formally signed on March 19, but could be released at a future date.

Cardinal Kasper-- who was the leading figure in a campaign to change the Church's policy barring divorced-and-remarried Catholics from the Eucharist-- said that the papal document will be "first step in a reform" that has been needed for centuries.


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  • Posted by: phineas - Mar. 16, 2016 8:27 PM ET USA

    Pope's post-Synod document is imminent, says the headline. But I worry that it is immanent, rather than transcendent, as wordly concerns seem to be displacing spiritual ones, especially if "His Immanence" Cardinal Kasper has any say.

  • Posted by: skall391825 - Mar. 16, 2016 8:24 PM ET USA

    Unfortunately, if the document takes 200 pages to say what adequately can be explained in two or three pages, Cardinal Kasper and his liberal ilk will have their opportunity to agitate for a perception that the document is indeed just a "'first step in a reform' that has been needed for centuries." Yes siree Bob, they will proclaim; the Church now understands the full teaching of Jesus regarding adultery.