Did the pope just slyly criticize the Kasperites?

while disguising it as an attack on the pre-Vatican II Church.  When you think of a divorce between theology and pastoral ministry, whose proposals come to mind? (H/T Mundabor, who doesn’t share my interpretation)

One of Vatican II’s main contributions was trying “to overcome this divorce between theology and pastoral ministry, between faith and life.” Often the two had been set against each other in “a false opposition” as two “separate realities”, he said.

“We not infrequently identify the doctrinal with the conservative and the backward, and, on the contrary, we think of pastoral ministry as adaptation, rolling back, accommodation – as if they had nothing to do with each other.”

This also creates a false conflict between those who are pastors “on the side of the people” and academics “on the side of doctrine”.

Yet the early Christian writers and theologians were also great pastors, he said…

The Pope said that any attempt to limit or cut off the relationship and communication between “received tradition and concrete reality puts the faith of the people of God in danger”.

Couldn’t have said it better myself, your Holiness.

5 Responses

  1. It is true that divorcing pastoral practice from doctrine is a progressive tactic which has been used to great effect for centuries, since long before Vatican II:


  2. So looks like as of today we’re just Eastern Orthodox with a pro forma ban on contraception, a screwy liturgy, and a liberal loon hierarchy.

  3. Were the Kasperites heretics, or simply dissidents from outside of the church?

  4. […] wonders Did the pope just slyly criticize the Kasperites? Almost surely not intentionally. But the pope’s words, when they happen to be true and […]

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