POPE FRANCIS REFLECTIONS MARRIAGE

POPE FRANCIS REFLECTIONS MARRIAGE

by MARGO SNYDER, DAWN REBER

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) What does this mean going forward?
It does not mean that there will be no further discussion of the Kasper proposal. In fact, there is certain to be further discussion of it. Cardinal Erdö acknowledged as much. According to Vatican Insider: "In his speech, he mentioned 'the need for further reflection on the penitential path.'"
However, to have the relator general of the synod frame the discussion in this way at the outset is a good sign.
Cardinal Erdö was not meant to be speaking for himself in these remarks but to be summarizing the feedback from bishops around the world in preparation for the current synod.
For purposes of comparison, see the relatio that Cardinal Erdö gave at the beginning of the 2014 synod. It does not contain anything like the present remarks rejecting the Kasper proposal. This represents a shift in the discussion of the question.
According to Vatican Insider, at the Monday press conference, Cardinal Erdö based his relatio on the feedback that came to the Vatican between the two synods:
"I was trying to bring together all the elements of the Church's voice," Erdö said. He added that "most of the responses reflected a wish" for the magisterium's existing documents on this issue to be "taken into consideration."
It is also unlikely that Cardinal Erdö included these remarks in his presentation without them being approved first. Barring explosive backlash and overt clarification, we may conclude that he did have approval.
Failing such clarification, it is less likely than it might have been otherwise that the present synod will recommend the Kasper proposal for Pope Francis's consideration.
This, in turn, means it is less likely that Pope Francis would implement the Kasper proposal following the synod.
So Cardinal Erdö's remarks are positive news for supporters of the Church's historic doctrine and discipline on this point, though they by no means settle the matter.
As a result, supporters should not slack off in pressing their case. Upon hearing this news, a wise response would be, "Great, kid. Don't get cocky."
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Jimmy Akin is an internationally known author and speaker. As the senior apologist at Catholic Answers, he has more than twenty years of experiencing defending and explaining the Faith.
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BN ID: 2940150781948
Publisher: M.M.Snyder
Publication date: 10/06/2015
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