Monday, September 13, 2010

Cardinal Kasper Admonishes Germans to Obey Holy Father

[Vatican] Germans must have more respect for "their" Pope, hear [obey] and try to understand him. With these words Walter Cardinal Kasper admonished his countrymen from Bishops to Theologians, from Priests to simple believers. In an interview with the German weekly Focus he noted, that abroad "many shake their heads about the manner and fashion, with which Germans handle the Pope from their own homeland."

A few days before the begin of the State Visit of Pope Benedict XVI in Great Britain and his Pastoral trip to Scotland and England the German Curia Cardinal warned of an "aggressive atheism" in Great Britain. He criticized also that the British Airways employee was "discriminated" against, because she wore a cross. One employee had been forced to remove the cross, which she wore on a chain around her neck.

The Pope will, upon his visit in Scotland and England on an ecumenical level to bring about "heavy dialog" with the Anglicans, says the Cardinal. The Beatification of John Henry Cardinal Newman "will be no setback" for Ecumenism, said the Cardinal with conviction. He reviewed the Church's opposition to women's ordination with the observation: The Protestants 'don't have celibacy, but women pastors. Are you telling me they have it better?"

Link to original at Katholisches...

1 comment:

  1. Slight correction to your quotes. What he said was "difficult dialogue" (schwieriger Dialog")
    and "are you telling me they are doing any better" ("Meinen sie daß es ihnen besser geht?”). My interpretation: they are struggling to keep/attract congregations. He's not making a quip against female pastors (even though he doesn't agree with them).


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