Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Cardinal Kasper gets downright Ratzingerian

Damian Thompson, "Rome tells Anglicans: it's time to decide if you are Protestants or Catholics" (Holy Smoke, Telegraph, May 6, 2008), writes:
The Vatican said last night that the time has come for the Anglican Church to choose between Protestantism and the ancient sacramental Churches of Rome and Orthodoxy.

Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, told the Catholic Herald that the Anglican Communion must “clarify its identity” and stop hovering between the Catholic and Protestant traditions.

... The cardinal [Kasper] is clearly hoping for some sort of breakthrough – or break-up? – at this summer's Lambeth Conference, which already promises to be a spectacular disaster. But I don't think we should jump to the conclusion that his views represent those of Pope Benedict.
[Hat tip to C.B. for the "Ratzingerian" notion as well as for the link]

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