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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

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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.”

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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?