These people never let up.

Fresh from what looks increasingly like failure at the extraordinary Synods and the post-Synodal Exhortation, Walter Kasper is at it again.

The suggestion this time is that the rules governing the admission to the sacraments of non-Catholic spouses should be relaxed.

No one will be deceived. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is clear:

‘Differences about faith and the very notion of marriage, but also different religious mentalities, can become sources of tension in marriage, especially as regards the education of children. The temptation of religious indifference can then arise’ (1634). [italics mine]

Freely to admit such partners to Holy Communion would clearly weaken the Catholic Church’s insistence upon the indissolubility of marriage (which Protestants no longer share and Kasper wishes to undermine). It would be a small step from such a change (in countries like Germany and the United States where mixed marriages are most numerous) to similar concessions over divorce and remarriage. A step which, in the local-option, post-Amoris Laetitia Church, would no doubt be taken with alacrity.

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