Musing – Cardinal Kasper Getting Frayed

I have been working most of the day on a piece on the shape of things to come during the Storm. I am certain I will have it up before I go to bed tonight.

In the meantime I thought you should contemplate this bit on the unraveling of Cardinal Walter Kasper. The good Cardinal means well, but he got a little too big for his britches. Now that the African Bishops do not share his progressive attitude towards marriage and sexuality, he dismissed them as irrelevant to the larger Church. Sadly, this is often the way with progressives. They speak with such passion and compassion for the less fortunate – and if the ‘less fortunate’ dare to speak up for themselves in contradiction to their mentor, the mentor casually dismisses them. It seems that the only response progressives have for those they claim to speak for if those charges disagree with them are to note that “Kids say the darndest things” or explain that they need to shut up. The Cardinal has gotten too involved with himself and the excitement of claiming that he speaks for the Pope. It is a conceit that leads many into a ditch.

I started suspecting last week that Kasper was headed for a fall. I have seen it a hundred times in politics. The bright lights of massive press coverage are a heady brew – particularly if you have been marginalized for decades. There will be more provocative nonsense that comes from this Synod, but Christ is in charge and it will not be ultimately hijacked.

Now the next thing to understand is not to underestimate the actual contribution Kasper may make to this Synod and the more formal one next year. Often, people produce their best work after they have been humiliated. God is not done with Cardinal Kasper yet – and you should not dismiss him.

So, a little something while I finish off this piece I have been working on.

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Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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4 Responses to Musing – Cardinal Kasper Getting Frayed

  1. It is good to be reminded that we cannot know the heart of a man, and we rarely consider that there are circumstances beyond our knowing that influence a person’s words or behavior; therefore we must not judge. I like your advice about being patient in these situations, and remembering that there is always hope for change since God can and does use these humiliations to bring out the best in us. As usual, the best response is to exercise the same mercy we ourselves hope for, and to pray. God bless Cardinal Kasper.


  2. donna269 says:

    another good thing to ruminate…..thanks Charlie


  3. Observer says:

    I can think of someone else who has been giving a lot of knee jerk reactions….even before the synod….as if setting himself up as another “little” pope who actually advises the real one on what he MUST say:)!


    • charliej373 says:

      Ha ha! It is said in America that every Senator imagines himself as President. It might be well said that every Cardinal imagines himself as Pope. But this first session of the Synod is just a winnowing fan. You are right, Observer. There are several who have comported themselves as if they think they are Pope. Cardinal Kasper just gets under my skin a little. But I can think of one or two I am in much sympathy with who have behaved similarly.


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