Unfair Critique of Cardinal

Dear Editor:  George Weigel’s column (July 22) severely distorts the theology of Cardinal Walter Kasper, ultimately accusing him of doctrinal relativism. This is strange, considering that he was appointed, over a period of years, bishop, cardinal and president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity by St. John Paul II. Weigel’s column, however, is difficult […]

Pope Francis’ Humanism

Eighth and last in a series Having read and re-read Cardinal Walter Kasper’s small gem of a book, “Pope Francis’ Revolution of Tenderness and Love” (New York: Paulist Press, 2015, pp. 117, $16.95), I think that due to Cardinal Kasper, I have a good understanding of the Holy Father’s vision of the Church. Now when […]

Allowing Truth to Guide Our Lives

Re-reading the cardinal’s book makes me feel as though I am on retreat or making days of recollection. I can only describe the book in superlatives. I feel as though, through Cardinal Kasper’s insights and comments, I have entered into Pope Francis’ mind.

The Church of History

Dear Editor: George Weigel and Prof. Stark’s interpretations of Cardinal Kasper (“Understanding Cardinal Walter Kasper,” National Catholic Register, July 11) are distorted. Weigel praises and quotes from Stark that Cardinal Kasper’s concept of history undermines the eternal truth of Christ. Stark, in National Catholic Register, even went as far as calling Cardinal Kasper as one suffering from dementia, a sophist, an agnostic modernist, and nearing apostasy.

George Weigel

The Issue Beneath the Issue at the Synod

A brilliant article by a German Catholic philosopher, Professor Thomas Stark, suggests that an argument beneath the argument may be afoot in the controversies that will be aired at the Synod of Bishops in October.

Francis’ Emphasis On Mercy

Sixth in a series AS I have been reporting in several columns in this series on Pope Francis’ vision for the Church, I have found a marvelous guide in Cardinal Walter Kasper’s “Pope Francis’ Revolution of Tenderness and Love” (New York: Paulist Press, 2015, pp. 117, $16.95). I cannot recall any book the length of […]

Fr. Robert Lauder

Listening to the Lay People

Anyone who has read my last two columns knows that I have been reflecting on the meaning of the term “a mysticism of the people.” In his essay in Commonweal (April 10, 2015) “Open House: How Pope Francis Sees the Church,” Cardinal Walter Kasper claims that behind the Holy Father’s pastoral style stands an entire theology which the cardinal calls “a mysticism of the people.”

George Weigel

The Kasper Theory of Democracy?

A few weeks ago, after Ireland voted to approve so-called “same-sex marriage,” a correspondent sent me an e-mail quoting Cardinal Walter Kasper’s comment on the result: “A democratic state has the duty to respect the will of the people, and it seems clear that, if the majority of the people wants such homosexual unions, the state has a duty to recognize such rights.”