Ratzinger’s Answer to the Kasper Question

This post first appeared on the Catholic Herald website. The recent relatio at the end of the family synod was, it was hoped, going to provide some resolution to the vigorous debate on the best means of pastorally accompanying couples who are divorced and civilly remarried, and specifically address the so-called Kasper proposal of admitting them, on … More Ratzinger’s Answer to the Kasper Question

What’s So Bad About the Excommunicated?

For the past two days, Catholic news sites and blogs have been giving wall-to-wall attention to the Pope’s statement that the divorced and remarried are not excommunicated. It’s very common for Catholics to have a hazy idea of what excommunication is; generally people understand it as “what happens to bad people”, a sort of sending … More What’s So Bad About the Excommunicated?