This from Jesuit-run Amerika:
Cardinal Kasper: Quit throwing around the word ‘heretic’ [Hmmm. I’ll bet he says that!]
Think twice before calling someone a “heretic.”
That is the seemingly simple advice from Cardinal Walter Kasper, the prominent German theologian whose ideas have influenced Pope Francis, especially his view that mercy should be the guiding principle in pastoral practice. [That is an over simplification. There is another aspect to it: there is suggestion on the part of some that there is a “mercy” which can make truth and law and even revelation irrelevant.]
Speaking in an interview with Alessandro Gisotti at Vatican News, the 85-year-old prelate addressed controversy about “Amoris Laetitia,” the pope’s 2016 letter on families, which includes a provision that allows some divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion. [So that’s a direct confirmation of what AL suggests. However, there are those who say a) that it doesn’t or b) it shouldn’t.]
“First of all I would like to say that debate in the church is necessary. There is no need to fear debate!” the cardinal said. [Uh huh. Because that is what Card. Kasper offered about the contributions of African bishops during the Synod. HERE]
But he said the debate on “Amoris Laetitia” has become too heated—even though the “people of God” have accepted the teaching.
“There is a very bitter debate, way too strong, with accusations of heresy. A heresy is a tenacious disagreement with formal dogma.” [Yes. That’s right. The defenders of the interpretation of AL that allows for people in the state of mortal sin or also in a manifest irregular situation to receive Communion say that not everyone can live up to “ideals” laid down by the Church. That’s contrary to the formal teaching of the Council of Trent.]
Cardinal Kasper rejected claims from some Catholics who accuse Pope Francis of undermining church teaching on marriage. [AL sparked the discussion. AL is over the new signature of Pope Francis.]
“The doctrine of the indissolubility of marriage has not been called into question on Pope Francis’ part!” he said. “Before saying that something is heresy, the question should be what the other person means by what has been said. And, above all, that the other person is Catholic should be presupposed; the opposite should not be supposed!” [Perhaps we could channel our inner Kasper and respond: “But [he] should not tell us too much what we have to do.”]
Cardinal Kasper praised “Amoris Laetitia” for its accessibility, saying it is “not high theology incomprehensible to people” and that the “people of God understand.” [I think we are free to deny this premise. I suspect that the “people of God”, in fact, do NOT understand what’s going on. However, once both sides of the issue are explained they understand only too well that some people are trying an end-around with what has always been taught. Honest Catholics, hearing that adulterers can go to Communion, know that there’s something wrong.]
“The pope has an optimal connection with the People of God,” he said. [“Optimal”? Is that really the case these days?]
But, remember, “debate in the church is necessary. There is no need to fear debate!”
God Bless Card. Kasper.