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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Is the Holy Spirit Behind the Kasper Proposal? Featured

Written by  Magister Athanasius
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At the opening of the Synod Against the Family, the Holy Father spoke to the Synod Fathers about the need to open up to the Holy Spirit, with apostolic courage, with evangelical humility and with confident prayer, so that it is he that guides and illumines us and puts before our eyes not our personal opinions but faith in God, fidelity of the Magisterium, the good of the Church and the salus animarum” (Emphasis mine).

Given the moral certitude that Pope Francis intends to change the church’s practice on Holy Communion towards adulterers, the Holy Father is essentially telling the bishops to listen to the Holy Spirit, whom he asserts is telling them to give the Eucharist to adulterers who do not have a firm purpose of amendment. 


Now, let’s think about this for a minute. Sacred Scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit and of this there is no doubt. Sacred Scripture teaches: “whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.” (1 Cor. 11:27) In other words, the Holy Spirit has already taught us that if you receive the Holy Eucharist in a state of mortal sin (and adulterers are objectively in such a state) then you are damning yourself to hell.

The Kasper Proposal says the church should look the other way and give obstinate adulterers Holy Communion anyway. Since the Pope implies that the Kasper Proposal is the will of the Holy Spirit then this means that the Pope is essentially saying the Holy Spirit is in favor of the church assisting souls in damning themselves to hell. See the problem here?

The fact of the matter is the Holy Spirit has already spoken on this matter, not only through the Scripture quoted above, but also by the uniform practice of the church, which is rooted in verses such as the one previously quoted. Are we to believe the Holy Spirit has now changed his mind? Either the Holy Father doesn’t believe 1 Corinthians is inspired by the Holy Spirit, or he believes with Cardinal Kasper that God is subject to change, a heresy if there ever was one.

An additional problem arises when one considers the words of the Holy Father a little longer. If the Holy Spirit is behind the changes Pope Francis is trying to force on the church, this raises the question: Where has the Holy Spirit been for the last 2,000 years? Are we seriously to believe the Holy Spirit, who was sent to lead the church into all truth, has just failed to bring about His will on this crucial matter for nearly 2,000 years?

For those who embrace the Kasper Proposal, it is one or the other. Once we see past the fake distinction being used here between doctrine and discipline, then we must admit that the Kasper Proposal leads to one of two things: either God is subject to change and therefore the dogma of the indissolubility of marriage is subject to change, or the Holy Spirit has failed miserably in bringing about His will for the last 2,000 years. Either way, this makes a mockery of the Church and it loses all credibility for anyone who gives the matter serious thought.  

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