Mercy and the Theology of Cardinal Kasper
Pro-Family Coalition Says the Cardinal's Proposal for Divorced and Civilly Remarried Catholics Has Parallels With Lutheranism
“Not until the twentieth century could we find a fundamental consensus between Lutherans and Catholics concerning the question of the justification of the sinner. That was only possible because together we realized that God’s justice is his mercy. (What is God's justice without His truth?) Nevertheless, the implications for the doctrine of God and for a new way of speaking about a liberating and justifying God, which are entailed by our agreement concerning the doctrine of justification, have scarcely been drawn up to now. Here we face a fundamental common challenge in reference to a new evangelization.”It is precisely these “implications” that Kasper presented before the consistory on 20th February 2014. They are based on an understanding of mercy and justification that stands contrary to the tradition of Catholic Church.
True mercy is obtained through repentance and leads to remission of sins and profound interior renewal. The ‘mercy’ promised by Cardinal Kasper causes men and women not only to remain in sin but to commit new sins of sacrilege (Exactly!). ‘Heroism’ Kasper believes ‘is not for the average Christian.’ Here we see a clear parallel with the Lutheran notion that no real sanctification is possible and that man cannot really live a life without sin (So then, why bother trying, eh? Poor Cardinal Kaspar. He damns souls to hell without considering that God provides the assistance to live a life of virtue. God gives grace. Apparently, Walter Kasper thinks God's mercy means God turns a blind eye to sin. Does Kasper think there is no reason to repent if man is incapable of resisting sin? Once saved always saved? Talk about lowering the bar!).
The teaching of the Catholic Church is very different:
“But no one, however much justified, should consider himself exempt from the observance of the commandments; no one should use that rash statement, once forbidden by the Fathers under anathema, that the observance of the commandments of God is impossible for one that is justified.
For God does not command impossibilities, but by commanding admonishes thee to do what thou canst and to pray for what thou canst not, and aids thee that thou mayest be able.”