Cardinal Kasper says debate over Amoris Laetitia is ‘way too strong,’ states document is in accord with St. John Paul’s teaching
March 05, 2018
CWN Editor's Note: “There is a very bitter debate, way too strong, with accusations of heresy,” said the German prelate, who has written a new book on the Pope’s 2016 apostolic exhortation. Commenting on a disputed passage in the document, Cardinal Kasper said that the person who has divorced and remarried outside the Church should go to Confession to examine “if there is truly a grave sin, or perhaps a venial sin, or perhaps nothing. If it is only a venial sin, the person can be absolved and admitted to the Sacrament of the Eucharist.”The above note supplements, highlights, or corrects details in the original source (link above). About CWN news coverage.
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Posted by: Randal Mandock -
Mar. 06, 2018 4:25 PM ET USA
"If it is...a venial sin, the person can be absolved and admitted to the Sacrament of the Eucharist." Sacramental Penance requires both a firm purpose of amendment and satisfaction. Eucharistic "absolution" requires openness to the strengthening of our charity: "By giving himself to us Christ revives our love and enables us to break our disordered attachment to creatures" (CCC n. 1394). Can a venial sin of adultery be forgiven if a strengthening of charity is precluded by disordered attachment?