The Church needs to find a middle ground that does not abandon doctrine, but offers a 'renewed' interpretation of Church teaching to help those whose marriages have failed, Cardinal Walter Kasper said, reports CNS/Ucanews.
'I propose a path that goes beyond strictness and leniency,' the German Cardinal and theologian told Vatican Radio.
An approach that avoids the two extremes 'isn't against morality, it isn't against doctrine, but rather, (is meant) to support a realistic application of doctrine to the current situation of the great majority of people and to contribute to people's happiness,' he said, speaking in Italian.
The Cardinal was referring to a lengthy talk he had given to introduce a February 20-21 discussion by the College of Cardinals on family life. The talk, titled Gospel of the Family, was to be published in March in German and Italian by private publishing houses.
In the book's preface, published March 12 in the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Kasper said the synod in union with Pope Francis would have to decide what steps to take to help families, but Catholic laity must be consulted.
'We are all celibate while most of the faithful live the faith in the gospel of the family, in concrete and often difficult situations,' he said.
With such public discussion about the Church's response to Catholics who are divorced and civilly remarried, the bishops and Pope must say something, he said. 'We obviously cannot respond to all the expectations, but if we repeat only the responses that have always been given, it would lead to great disappointment.'
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