Saturday, May 28, 2005

Cardinal Kasper Takes a Swipe at Ratzinger/Benedict

NCR: John Allen

Kasper was also asked to comment on the frustration some Protestants feel, given that the Catholic church does not regard their denominations as a "church" in the full sense of the term. He was asked, does this not imply a negative judgment?

"Of course I take the other seriously," he said, "but I also take seriously that we have different ecclesiologies. It would not be honest to say that we acknowledge you theologically on the same level. On a personal level, I express full recognition of their conviction, but mine is different. This is a matter of respect too."

Referring to the 2000 document of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Dominus Iesus, which referred to some Protestant bodies as not churches "in the proper sense," Kasper said he did not think this formula was "quite correct," but said it's accurate to say they are not churches "as we Catholics understand 'church.' "

Get the popcorn, this should get pretty interesting.


Blogger Nate said...

I don't honestly think anything more will come of it. Their disagreement over Dominus Iesus is well known, and if Pope Benedict were going to do anything to or about Cardinal Kasper, he could have (and likely would have) as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. I'd imagine we'll never hear about this again.

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