Here is the offending quote.
VATICAN CITY ( RNS) Pope Francis has appointed a special commission to look at ways to make it easier for Roman Catholics to dissolve their marriages in the eyes of the church.
The goal of the 11-member commission announced Saturday (Sept. 20), is to reform the process, “with the objective of simplifying its procedure, making it more streamlined.”
The weekend announcement came as a bitter clash emerged among cardinals over the church’s approach to marriage, divorce and remarriage. [“bitter clash”? BITTER? Does the writer know anything about this issue?]
According to church law, Catholics can obtain annulments if they can show their marriage was not valid. But if they opt out of the annulment process, divorce in civil court and then remarry, the church may refuse them Communion.
Five cardinals are publishing a new book reinforcing the sanctity of marriage next week, only days before the world’s bishops gather in Rome for a conference on the subject. The synod will consider issues including divorce, cohabitation, domestic violence and gay unions.
Just try to find anything in the “five cardinal” book that is bitter. Just try to find something in the issue of Communio that is bitter. Just try to find something bitter in the new book with the foreward by Card. Pell.
There is nothing “bitter” about the debate going on, unless it is in that bitter whining from the side that is having its proverbial lunch eaten by the side who are faithfully – and courteously – defending the indissolubility of marriage and present praxis.
Pope Francis asked for discussion, study, debate. He is getting exactly what he asked for. If people want to throw down, as Card. Kasper did in the consistory and has consistently done since then, they had better expect a proportional response.