Posts Tagged ‘Cardinal Walter Kasper’

Kasper criticises Germany’s Synodal Way reform

Monday, June 27th, 2022
Germany's Synodal Way reform proposals

Germany’s Synodal Way reform proposals have had some sharp criticism from German theologian cardinal Walter Kasper. He agrees reforms are necessary but says the Church should not become “a mass that can be kneaded and shaped to suit the situation”. The proposal to create a permanent Synodal Council to govern the Catholic Church in Germany Read more

Cardinal Kasper ‘very worried’ about German Church’s ‘Synodal Way’

Monday, June 14th, 2021
Cardinal Kasper very worried

An influential theologian considered to be close to Pope Francis said he is “very worried” about the German Catholic Church’s controversial “Synodal Way.” Cardinal Walter Kasper the former head of the Vatican’s department for Christian unity said in a June 8 interview with the Passauer Bistumsblatt that he hoped the prayers of faithful Catholics could Read more

Plan for halting mass exodus from church underway

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

German bishops are looking for ways to halt the massive exodus from the Church in Germany caused by the clerical abuse crisis. The bishops’ conference launched a two-year “synodal procedure” for church reform last weekend, on the first Sunday of Advent. Working together with the lay Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), special synodal candles Read more

Cardinal says married priests possible later this year

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Married priests could be a possibility if prelates ask Pope Francis to allow it, German Cardinal Walter Kasper says. Kasper, who is considered one of Francis’s close theological advisers, says such a change could be made during this year’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon set for this October, if the prelates were to ask Read more

Divorced, remarried Catholics can receive communion – Cardinal Walter Kasper

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Divorced, remarried Catholics can receive communion. German Cardinal, Walter Kasper, says Amoris laetitia allows for a “changed pastoral practice”. He also says “We must make Amoris laetitia an awakening of family pastoral ministry. Marriage and family must be the central theme in pastoral care because the family is the way of the Church.” Kasper is Read more

Pope does not fit conventional theological labels, says Kasper

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Pope Francis does not fit into the worn out categories of conservative or liberal, says the cardinal who has been dubbed “the Pope’s theologian”. In a lecture in Washington, D.C. last week, Cardinal Walter Kasper said Francis “cannot be categorised, much less appropriated, by any specific [theological] school”. “He’s not an academic theologian in the Read more

Francis’ road map for Church will last a century or more

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Pope Francis’ road map for the future of the Church will far outlive his pontificate, a German theologian has predicted. Speaking in Austria during the second week of the recent synod on the family, Cardinal Walter Kasper said Francis is a “gift of God”. The Pope’s theology and his vision for the Church are centred Read more

Cardinal Kasper says Africa shouldn’t instruct on gay issues

Friday, October 17th, 2014

German Cardinal Walter Kasper has said that African prelates should not tell the rest of the Church what to do about homosexual people. In an interview with Zenit on October 15, after the evening working groups’ discussions at the synod on the family, Cardinal Kasper said homosexuality is a taboo subject in Africa. “Africa is Read more

Cardinal Kasper says hardliners think Gospel like penal code

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Cardinal Walter Kasper says some prelates who have taken a hard line ideological position prior to the synod on the family have got the Gospel all wrong. In an interview with America Magazine and Argentina’s La Nacion, Cardinal Kasper said some cardinals and bishops fear a domino-like collapse in the Church’s moral structure. “That’s their Read more

Kasper says doctrinal hardliners want war with Pope

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Cardinal Walter Kasper says hardliners opposed to his proposals for Communion for the divorced and remarried really have Pope Francis as a target. The German cardinal told the Italian daily Il Mattino that some of his fellow cardinals “. . . claim to know on their own what truth is, but Catholic doctrine is not a Read more