Dale Price, "The Clericalist Mindset" (Dyspeptic Mutterings, May 8, 2014):
My favorite Cardinal has it. And he just revealed it today in imitation of the Hagan Lio style of his boss:Related: Augustinus, "Cardinal Kasper in NYC: The Ghost of Vatican II goes on a rampage," (Rorate Caeli, May 7, 2014)."That’s a real problem. I’ve spoken to the pope himself about this, and he said he believes that 50 percent of marriages are not valid. Marriage is a sacrament. A sacrament presupposes faith."... nowhere in Kasper's meanderings is there a hint of clerical negligence in the marriage crisis. If you genuinely believe half of marriages are invalid, that should prompt serious soul-searching on your part, a mea culpa and admission of gruesome failure. But, nope. Vague waving at "bureaucratic" presentations, and that's it.
Again, how convenient.
No. Half of marriages being null also suggests that this is not exactly the golden age of the church we're told it is, nor is all remotely well. A 50% failure rate is only spectacular in the batting box. And a true church of mercy shouldn't be so sanguine with souls.
[Hat tip to JM]