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Kasper proposal a flawed solution, says panel

Washington D.C., Oct 1, 2014 / 03:11 pm .- A prominent cardinal’s proposal to allow

Communion for divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics is

a flawed solution to the Church’s need to address the

pastoral challenges of married life and family, according to


Much of the coverage of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod

of Bishops on the Family that starts Oct. 5 has focused on a

proposal from Cardinal Walter Kasper to allow Communion

for divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics after a period

of penance. The idea that the Church could change its

doctrine or discipline has generated buzz in the media and

has largely overshadowed the synod’s other topics

addressing the pastoral challenge of how to help build

stronger marriages and families.

However, a panel of Catholic authors — including Cardinal

Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the

Apostolic Signatura; Father Joseph Fessio, founder of

Ignatius Press; Father Robert Dodaro, president of the

Patristic Institute in Rome; James Hitchcock; Helen Hull

Hitchcock; and Dr. Stephan Kampowski at the John Paul II

Institute in Rome — joined in a teleconference on Sept. 30 to

address what they said were the flaws in Cardinal Kasper’s


“If the family is not strong, if marriage is not stable and

strong, then the whole of society itself is in great danger,

and so we see that in our own experience," Cardinal Burke


Cardinal Burke was one of the contributors to the essays in

the book Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and

Communion in the Catholic Church , which was a public

response to Cardinal Kasper’s proposal. Cardinal Burke

explained that it was a response to Cardinal Kasper’s

request “for a dialogue" about marriage: “We came to the

conclusion that the direction proposed by Cardinal Kasper

is fundamentally flawed, and so we believe our book is a

positive contribution to get this discussion back on the right


He said Cardinal Kasper is “urging a direction which, in the

whole history of the Church, it h


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