Reality Check for delusional “Conservatives”…
Kasper: ‘Francis shrugged off Cardinal’s Warning about Heresies in my Book’
Just as the usual “conservative” Novus Ordo pundits are having a field day with the CDF’s Modernist “Cardinal” Gerhard Muller thundering against the even-more-Modernist American Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), one of Francis’ star theologians, the apostate “Cardinal” Walter Kasper, comes out swinging:
In many ways, Kasper may better reflect Francis’ outlook than the crackdown on U.S. nuns launched by the Vatican’s doctrinal office. Just as Francis has downplayed the focus on rule-following and hot-button issues in an effort to widen the church’s appeal, Kasper has pushed the importance of pastoral flexibility and realism in walking with Catholics throughout their imperfect lives.
Kasper is in the U.S. to discuss his book, “Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life.” It includes a blurb from Pope Francis, who has made mercy a cornerstone of his ministry since he was elected last year.
On Monday, Kasper told the audience that after Francis praised him by name just days after his election, “an old cardinal came to him and said, ‘Holy Father, you cannot do this! There are heresies in this book!’”
As Francis recounted the story to Kasper, he said, the pope smiled and added: “This enters in one ear and goes out the other.”
It was Kasper’s way of providing context to the news that the Vatican’s doctrinal czar, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, had sharply criticized leaders of more than 40,000 American nuns for disobedience to Rome and for “fundamental errors” in their beliefs.
(David Gibson, “Cardinal Kasper, the ‘pope’s theologian,’ downplays Vatican blast at U.S. nuns”, Religion News Service, May 6, 2014; bold print added for emphasis.)
Kasper was appointed the Vatican’s Chief Ecumenist by John Paul II in 2001 and retained in this office by Benedict XVI. He retired from it in 2010.
Now, if things go the way they typically do, then you can expect the following: The “conservative” Novus Ordos will either ingore this report, or claim that “Cardinal” Kasper is lying or misunderstood something. Then this story will fade away, until Francis gives another interview in which he is asked about this and affirms that Kasper reported his words accurately. But at that point, no one in the “conservative” camp will care anymore because it’s no longer a hot-button issue, and before long, no one will remember any of this.
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