So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Duct tape. Apply to cardinal's mouth.

Cardinal Walter Kasper has been exercising little in the way of prudential judgment these days, letting slip the alleged content of private conversations between himself and the Holy Father, sending mixed messages about the teaching of the Church, etc. Or, maybe he has given the matter at hand some forethought? Perhaps the cardinal has in mind that, if he wins the war of soundbites, he can successfully wage a war similar to the one conducted by the progressivist camp during and after the Second Vatican Council. That strategy was to win the race to the media to sell them a faux-version of the Second Vatican Council, a strategy that proved highly successful and which nearly led to the complete hijacking of the Council's actual teaching. That is, until Pope Benedict came along and dismantled the ideological superstructure of the revisionist heretics.

It's not by chance that Cardinal Kasper gave a lengthy interview to the progressi-revisionsists at that bastion of new-think, Commonweal Magazine, a liberal media rag well suited to the dissemination of Kasper's pope fiction. The good Cardinal Prefect at the CDF, Gerhard Mueller, and the superb Cardinal Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, have their work cut out for them to disentangle the Church from Kasper's muddying of the doctrinal waters.

Someone please take away the shotgun that is Cardinal Kasper's mouth! He's blasting holes in the sails of the Barque of Peter. If the cardinal can't keep a pope's private thoughts private—alleged thoughts, that is—one thing's for certain: no one is going to be in a hurry to have Cardinal Kasper hear his confession.

Is there a positive side to all this?

By sounding off, Cardinal Kasper is exposing the liberalist-progressivist agenda for what it is: heresy. Half the battle of waging a war against heresy is locating the source. Then, it's possible to train missiles and cannons and launch a strike on a specific target. Afterwards, we send in the cleanup troops to mop up the dazed opposition. Comparisons to war may not be to everyone's liking, but we are, after all, engaged in a spiritual battle for souls.

Send in the canonists! (Pun intended.)

Dr. Peters, canon lawyer to popes, has weighed in HERE.
Even if the pope said it, it was reckless to repeat it.
May 8, 2014 
Cardinal Kasper, in a lengthy interview that shows no let-up in his push to change Church discipline on marriage, said, among other things, “I’ve spoken to the pope himself about this, and he said he believes that 50 percent of marriages are not valid.”

I am stunned at the pastoral recklessness of such an assertion. Simply stunned.

Suppose the cardinal had claimed that “50 percent of ordinations are not valid”. Would not such a claim, coming from an internationally-renowned prelate and attributed to a pope, have a shattering effect on the morale of deacons, priests, and bishops around the world? Would not especially those clergy laboring under vocational difficulties immediately conclude that their difficulties were the consequence of having been invalidly ordained, whereupon most of them would just give up? And would not those preparing for holy orders be paralyzed with fear over proceeding to ordination until whatever is behind such a massive invalidity rate were discovered and remedied? Of course they would.

Well, if tossing out a comment to clergy alleging rampant invalidity of holy orders would be pastorally unthinkable, by what right does the cardinal casually tell laity that 50% of their marriages are invalid—even if the pope did say it? Does turmoil among married persons in the wake of such a remark not matter to any except those who suffer it? As I said, I am stunned that such a remark was made, even if it was a mere repetition of another’s views.
Read Dr. Peter's full article HERE.

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