In theory, the “Kasper proposal”—as set forth in Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia—suggests that Catholics who are divorced and remarried should meet with their pastors, and begin a lengthy, in-depth, soul-searching exploration of their situations. In theory, this process will enable them better to recognize their own failings, their need for God’s mercy, and the steps they should take to bring their lives fully into harmony with the demands of Christian morality. In theory it sounds edifying. But is it likely to happen? Is it a realistic expectation?
In the American parishes with which I’m familiar, priests are available to hear confessions just 30 to 45 minutes a week. Yet that short stretch of time is usually adequate to accommodate the few penitents who show up. Now we are being asked to believe that in these same parishes, priests will voluntarily set aside hour after hour to meet with couples in irregular situations—and that those couples will suddenly demand those sessions.
Certainly I know good priests who already do spend hours in the confessional or in counseling sessions, wrestling with the problems of troubled couples. And I know lay people who, having rediscovered their faith, sought out intensive spiritual direction. Without exception—do you suppose this is a coincidence?—they oppose the Kasper proposal.
Posted by: frroberts | January 9, 2017
Some good questions about the Kasper Proposal
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