1 November 2015

Moses and Kasper

Something very interesting about the Holy Father's final chat at the Synod ... he criticises those who sit in the Seat of Moses and pass Nasty Judgments ...

But ....

 .... surely ... 

... it was Moses who allowed Divorce, and it was the Man from Nazareth who abolished it. It was The Lord Jesus who set aside the Mosaic dispensation and restored the primeval character of Marriage as indissoluble (S Mark 10 and parallels). As he did so, he didn't, as it happens, make any remarks about Mercy.

This is a most clear sign that the Sovereign Pontiff
(a) is not at all keen on the Torah, the Law of Moses; and will not follow the Kaspers in cosying up to those who say that Jews are OK without Christ; and
(b) will back the words of the Incarnate Word about 'remarried' divorcees being adulterers, and His merciful restoration of His Father's will with regard to Marriage.

There is no other possible interpretation.

It looks as if the tide has turned decisively against Kasper. About time too.

Of course my tongue was in my cheek as I wrote the stuff in blue. But I do mean what follows: You know Kasper's extreme ideological views about being deferential to Judaism. So (while Kasper undoubtedly is 100% in the Bergoglio camp) I bet he still winces in the very acutest anguish every time the Pope persists in his use of Mosaic Judaism as a proxy code for "people who have judgmental attitudes". (He did this in Misericordiae Vultus: see my post of April 23.)

Think about that if you need cheering up ... old Knockwurst himself writhing in agony!! Imagine him slumped glumly in his chair wondering if there is any tactful and unembarrassing way of explaining to Bergoglio that "We don't talk about Judaism like that any more now".

Tricky for old K. He does want to encourage B in his great campaign against 'legalism' ... but ... 


Michael Leahy said...

I wonder if Pope Francis has read his countryman Leonardo Castellani's "Christ and the Pharisees"?

Nicolas Bellord said...

Brilliant and very much to the point!

Ben of the Bayou said...


A blessed feast of All Hallows to you.

I only recently read the text of Pope Francis' closing Allocution. Although I saw the severally offending sentences, I also noted that the footnotes are quite remarkable. They give a decidedly refracted view of those same phrases that casts them into a much more hopeful hue.

I should be interested in your thoughts in consideration of these footnotes.

Omnes Sancti et Sactae Dei, intercedite pro nobis!

Pax et bonum,


Christopher Boegel said...

I believe that their Excellencies Cdl Kasper and Cdl Danneels of the Holy-Mafiosi knew very well that they were arguing for the Pharisee position against The-One-Greater-than-Moses...so they tried to "re-purpose" the Pharisee charge and carpet-bomb those that defend Jesus' primordial teaching about marriage.

They were secure in believing that they would win the support of the ignorant by using this very treacherous reversal of the truth...but they didn't expect the faithful to put up much of a fight.

Highland Cathedral said...

What did Jesus actually say about the scribes and the Pharisees who sit in Moses seat?

"THEN Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to his disciples, Saying: The scribes and the Pharisees have sitten on the chair of Moses. All things therefore whatsoever they shall say to you, observe and do: but according to their works do ye not; for they say, and do not." (Matt 23:1-3)

Long-Skirts said...

"Take Cardinal Kasper, for example. Speaking outside the Synod Hall, he now calls openly for a “graduality” that would allow all manner of objective mortal sinners to receive Holy Communion"


Oh Kasper, so merry
Catholic contrary
How does our mortal sin grow?

In our sodality
So you’re in like Flynn, sin and go!”

Anonymous said...

Father, you said:

"...There is no other possible interpretation. It looks as if the tide has turned decisively against Kasper. About time too."

Then again - may be not. At Rorate Caeli, the following headline - 'Bombshell: Pope to His Favorite Journalist: "All the Divorced who ask will be admitted [to Communion]" '

An excerpted 'quote' from Pope Francis by Eugenio Scalfari of La Repubblica

Pope Francis answered -- "...it is a truth and for that matter the family that is the basis of any society changes continuously, as all things change around us. We must not think that the family does not exist any longer, it will always exist, because ours is a social species, and the family is the support beam of sociability, but it cannot be avoided that the current family, open as you say, contains some positive aspects, and some negative ones. ...

The diverse opinion of the bishops is part of this modernity of the Church and of the diverse societies in which she operated, but the goal is the same, and for that which regards the admission of the divorced to the Sacraments, [it] confirms that this principle has been accepted by the Synod. This is bottom line result, the de facto appraisals are entrusted to the confessors, but at the end of faster or slower paths, all the divorced who ask will be admitted."