Cardinal Kasper wants “concrete steps towards future cooperation”

Source: FSSPX News


Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the Unity of Christians, gave an interview at the beginning of January to the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza. Recalling that he had proposed the setting up of a joint synod for Catholics and Orthodox within the scope of the Eucharistic Congress held last May at Bari, in Italy, the cardinal made it clear that “the quest for unity” would have an “essential significance” for the pontificate of Benedict XVI. “There are many problems between us (separated Christians), and they can be solved only through dialogue,” he added.

 “It often happens that we are actually saying the same thing, but in a different language. However, progress also demands good will on both sides,” said Cardinal Kasper. “We could not convene a synod responsible for taking decisions, since joint decisions would not be possible. Rather it is a question of exchanging our doubts and working out practical steps with a view to future cooperation.”

 These proposals followed the convening last December in Rome, of the Joint Coordination Committee, made up of 21 members and presided over jointly by Cardinal Walter Kasper and Metropolitan Jean de Pergame, in order to prepare the first meeting of the international commission for theological dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. “The complaints we heard did not really concern theological questions,” the cardinal confirmed.