Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

3/12/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (

Cardinal Walter Kasper suggests 'path that goes beyond strictness and leniency'

The Church needs to find a middle ground that does not destroy or abandon doctrine in regards to divorce and civil remarriages, Cardinal Walter Kasper says. The church must offer a "renewed" interpretation of Church teaching in order to help those whose marriages have failed, he reiterated.

'The Church has to bridge this abyss,' Cardinal Walter Kasper said, but that 'does not mean pure appeasement policies, but the Church must explain in a new way what family and matrimony are in order to help people and at the same time remain faithful to the Gospel.'

"The Church has to bridge this abyss," Cardinal Walter Kasper said, but that "does not mean pure appeasement policies, but the Church must explain in a new way what family and matrimony are in order to help people and at the same time remain faithful to the Gospel."


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

3/12/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Marriage & Family

Keywords: Cardinal Walter Kaspar, marriage, family, divorce

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Speaking on Vatican Radio, the German theologian said that "I propose a path that goes beyond strictness and leniency."

Finding a medium between these extremes "isn't against morality, it isn't against doctrine, but rather, (is meant) to support a realistic application of doctrine to the current situation of the great majority of people and to contribute to people's happiness," he said.

Prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Referring to a lengthy talk he gave last month entitled "Gospel of the Family," the talk will be published in March in German and Italian by private publishing houses.

Cardinal Kasper also told Vatican Radio that the responses to a widely distributed Vatican questionnaire about Catholics' family life showed "there is a difficulty, an abyss" between Church teaching and the actual situation of many people.

"The Church has to bridge this abyss," he said, but that "does not mean pure appeasement policies, but the Church must explain in a new way what family and matrimony are in order to help people and at the same time remain faithful to the Gospel."

The cardinal said a similar process might be seen in how the Church developed its current approach to ecumenism.

"There were doctrines of the Holy Office (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) before the (Second Vatican) Council against ecumenism, yet the council found a way not to destroy or negate the doctrine but found ways to interpret it in an adequate way," he said.

"I ask myself why it could not be possible also with other doctrines."

The changes, he says are not "a revolution, as much as a deepening and a development because the doctrine of the Church is a river that develops and also the doctrine of matrimony has developed like this.

"It's not about something new as much as a renewal of Church practice, which is always necessary and possible," he said.

The primary purpose of his speech to the cardinals, he continued, "was not to speak about divorced and remarried people, but to speak about the Gospel of the family" and to foster "a new, better, more deep understanding of family life" as God intended, which is built on a faithful, exclusive and lifelong union between one man and one woman.

"I think the majority of young people want stable relationships, want to live in a family. and therefore, the Church has to help them," he said.


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for SEPTEMBER 2016
Centrality of the Human Person: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize: That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.


More Marriage & Family


Image of

By Catholic Online

Catholic Online wants YOU to be a part of our newest video production! "Christmas Memories from Around the World" invites YOU to send us your favorite family Christmas memories for a chance to become a part of Catholic Online's new Christmas celebration video. We are ... continue reading

'God gave you these babies' - Distraught couple relies on faith in face of painful decision involving conjoined twins Watch

Image of Jadon and Anias had to be born via c-section last September (Facebook).


Christian and Nicole McDonald discovered they were pregnant, so like any couple they paid a visit to the doctor. Throughout her pregnancy, Nicole was healthy, as was her child, until one day she went in for an ultrasound and everything changed. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading

5 important scriptures to recite for your spouse Watch

Image of Remember to keep your relationship strong!


We all love our spouses - and some of us are still looking for that special someone - but whether you are in a relationship or just waiting for the person God chose for you, take a moment each day to consider these scriptures. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The ... continue reading

Doctors perform surgery on 28-week-old BABY STILL IN THE WOMB! Watch

Image of Doctors in China successfully performed life-saving surgery.


Doctors at Guangdong General Hospital were forced to perform immediate emergency surgery on an unborn 28-week-old child still in the womb. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Daily Mail explained the child's heart was no larger than the size of a walnut but required ... continue reading

'I thought I lost her' - Girl born with water instead of blood shocks doctors Watch

Image of Little Frankie received a miracle (Alex Cousins/SWNS).


Frankie Morrison was born via emergency C-section when medics discovered she was not moving within the womb. Doctors warned her parents, Maria and Chris Morrison, to expect the worst - But God had other plans. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Maria was rushed to an ... continue reading

WATCH NOW Baby's heart beats outside body (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) Watch

Image of Baby Henry was born with two serious heart conditions (Hope for Henry/Facebook).


Henry Charles Dolan was born 12-weeks premature with two congenital heart defects. His miraculous journey has been captured from the beginning by his parents Mollie and Sam Dolan. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Hope for Henry Facebook page, Henry ... continue reading

Planned Parenthood celebrates 100-year anniversary of promoting murder and telling women they are weak Watch

Image of Protesters call for an end to Planned Parenthood.

By Matt Hadro (CNA/EWTN News)

As Planned Parenthood celebrates the centennial of the opening of its first birth control clinic, pro-life leaders are condemning the abuses of the nation's largest abortion provider. Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - "Planned Parenthood's 100-year anniversary is a ... continue reading

Pope Francis visits 'SOS Mother' Watch

Image of Pope Francis spent time with some of Rome's children.

By Hannah Brockhaus (CNA/EWTN News)

On Friday Pope Francis visited with young children at the "SOS Village" in Rome, a community made up of homes for children who are in positions of family or social hardship, as recommended by social services. Rome, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) - The Village, as it is called, ... continue reading

Family celebrates miracle baby's first birthday after told she had only 15 percent chance of survival Watch

Image of Emie's parents refused to abort her (SWNS).


Jo and Chris Scott were told their unborn daughter Emie was "incompatible with life" and the doctors claimed the little girl only had a 15 percent chance of survival. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Scotts refused to listen as doctor after doctor recommended ... continue reading

'I ate my twin in the womb' - Peach-sized cyst reveals BRAIN, teeth and hair Watch

Image of Natashjja Heming claims to have


Natashjja Heming experienced severe pain since she was 13-years-old. She chalked it up to menstrual cramps, but discovered the truth was something much worse. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Heming believed the sharp pain she experienced was normal but when she was ... continue reading

All Marriage & Family News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Ephesians 5:21-33
21 Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.22 ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
1 [Song of Ascents] How blessed are all who fear Yahweh, who walk in his ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 13:18-21
18 He went on to say, 'What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 25th, 2016 Image

St. Daria
October 25: There is very little known about them. ... Read More