Catholic News Service issued excepts from a video interview with His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke. (655 views as I post)
Card. Kasper also has one. (905 views as I post)
Compare and contrast. (Watch the imagery.)
My first impression?
In the one case, we find an appeal to feelings and even sentimentality. In the other case, we have an appeal to the words of the Lord and the consistent teaching of the Church.
Allow me to muse for a while, and not necessary in strict regard to the two videos, above, but rather to the whole trajectory of the present debates about Communion for the civilly remarried.
Keep in mind that when the debate engages, one side can deploy – responsibly or not – a word field including “love, mercy, compassion, tolerance, pastoral” and the other must refer to “history, law, truth, justice, responsibility”. That latter word field… probably will not be able to carry the day. The side with the second word field will have a hard time winning the argument (in the eyes and ears of the less than educated or the less than faithful). Furthermore, the previous side can always then confuse the issue with accusations of “ideology” (because the case is clear and arguable) and “fundamentalism” (because there are appeals to precise verses of Scripture and documents of the Magisterium. In this debate, the new words for “fidelity to doctrine” are “ideology” or “fundamentalism”.
Do not be distracted by that.
In no way is it fundamentalism or ideology to take the Gospel seriously, to take the Magisterium seriously.