Thursday, March 21, 2013

Cardinal Kasper's Progressive Pope

“I was overwhelmed by joy,” said Hans Kung, the dissenting European theologian, in a radio interview after the elevation of Pope Francis. “There is hope in this man,” gushed Kung, who predicted that Pope Francis will conform to the progressive interpretation of Vatican II and not follow the “line of the two popes from Poland and Germany.”

Leonardo Boff, one of the fathers of liberation theology, was quoted in the German press as saying that Francis is “more liberal” than commonly supposed.

Cardinal Roger Mahony took to Twitter to proclaim that the Church would move from high church to “low” church under Francis: “So long Papal ermine and fancy lace!”

The National Catholic Reporter approvingly quoted an unnamed Vatican diplomat as saying that “the Traditional Latin Mass brigade is finished.”

Esteban Paulon, president of the Argentine Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals, told the Washington Post that Pope Francis is “known for being moderate” and when “he came out strongly against gay marriage, he did it under pressure from the conservatives.” According to Sergio Rubin, whom the Post calls his authorized biographer, Pope Francis initially “urged his bishops to lobby for gay civil unions” as an alternative to gay marriage.


Reports on his compliance with Benedict’s authorization of wider use of the Traditional Latin Mass are conflicting, but it is safe to say that he was less than thrilled by it. According to columnist E.J. Dionne, “an American bishop noted that the choice of Francis would not be greeted as a clear victory by conservatives,” since on “liturgical issues, he has opposed those who seek to roll back changes instituted by the Second Vatican Council.”

It was telling that Pope Francis in his first address from the papal window pointed to Cardinal Walter Kasper as a theologian whom he admires. Kasper is known for his hyper-ecumenism and taste for theological novelty.

Full analysis

Cathcon-see Cardinal Kasper plotting an anti-Ratzinger Pope. Cathcon- the tension between Tradition and Vatican II which Pope Benedict attempted to resolve with the "hermeneutic of continuity" but at the same time making Vatican II a litmus test for orthodoxy will go unresolved. The "hermeneutic of continuity" can appear convincing as the break actually occurred sometime before the Council, theologically with the advent of "new theology" and philosophically sometime before that as scholastic theologians surrendered to a Kantian critique of Thomistic metaphysics.

 It will be no solution to trap the Church in the alleged golden age of the 1970s, for it was then that the catastrophe was truly unfolding.

And hopefully the Pope's devotion to Cardinal Kasper does not extend to the erection of a pseudo-diaconate for women which would only lead to more pressure for attempted ordination of women.

Cardinal Kasper also thinks the UK is a third-world country.

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