Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Cardinal Kasper: FAIL!

From here:

Speaking on the day that the Archbishop of Canterbury met Benedict XVI in Rome, Cardinal Walter Kasper, the president of the Pontifical Council of Christian Unity, said it was time for Anglicanism to "clarify its identity".

He told the Catholic Herald: "Ultimately, it is a question of the identity of the Anglican Church. Where does it belong?

"Does it belong more to the churches of the first millennium -Catholic and Orthodox - or does it belong more to the Protestant churches of the 16th century? At the moment it is somewhere in between, but it must clarify its identity now and that will not be possible without certain difficult decisions."

With all due respect, Cardinal Kasper, this seems a very clueless thing to say. You cannot have known many Anglicans! Does the phrase via media mean nothing to you? The moment Anglicanism comes down firmly on one side or the other (be catholic or reformed), in that very moment, Anglicanism ceases to exist. It is of the essence of Anglicanism not to clarify this issue.

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