Prominent cardinals oppose Kasper reforms on divorce

Cardinal faces opposition

Cardinal Walter Kasper’s proposal to allow communion for remarried divorcees was given a negative reception from most of his confreres at last month’s consistory, according to an Italian newspaper report, reports The Tablet.

In an article for the Turin daily, La Stampa, last Monday, Marco Tosatti says that Cardinal Kasper’s plan was greeted with a storm of criticism. In his address to the consistory on 22 February, the German Cardinal argued that Catholic divorcees who remarry should, after a period of atonement, be allowed to seek re-admittance to the sacraments.

Tosatti claims the vast majority of cardinals who spoke in the subsequent discussion criticised the proposal. Tosatti names 10 cardinals as speaking in this vein including Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, who he says felt the doctrinal change would do nothing to further the Church’s support for the family nor its relations with Islam.

Another alleged critic was Cardinal Camillo Ruini, former Vicar General for the Diocese of Rome, who according to Tosatti claimed that 85 per cent of the cardinals who had commented on Kasper’s proposal opposed it.

Tosatti reports that other Kasper critics included the President of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, the Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Angela Scola, the Prefect of the Apostolic Penitentiary, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, and Cardinal Battista Re, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Bishops.

FULL STORY Prominent cardinals oppose reform-minded Kasper on treatment of divorced and remarried Catholics (The Tablet)

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