Cardinal Trujillo opposed to Cardinal Kasper over the issue of Holy Communion for remarried divorcees.

Source: FSSPX News


"I can’t imagine that the discussion is closed", declared Cardinal Walter Kasper before the foreign press in Rome, on October 24, concerning the admission of remarried divorcees to Communion. (see DICI n° 123).

On the day following the end of the Bishops’ Synod on the Eucharist, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, explained that it was an issue "which exists and upon which we must reflect in order to be able to bring a solution". In their proposals, the Synod Fathers had recalled the impossibility for remarried divorcees to receive communion, something that Cardinal Kasper refused to consider as a "final result", saying he was waiting for the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation of Benedict XVI.

In an interview published in the October 27, 2005 edition of the Italian daily La Repubblica, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the family, affirmed that it was not a question open for discussion. He clearly opposed the declarations made three days earlier by Cardinal Kasper. "All such talks – as if a door was left open in the future creating expectations of some possible change – seem to me unacceptable", added Cardinal Lopez Trujillo, the "Holy See’s head of the department for the family". "The Synod, in the proposals approved, left no doubt as to the doctrine of the Church. It is not a question open for discussion", the Columbian cardinal also insisted.

Cardinal Lopez Trujillo affirmed that "the doctrinal standpoint" on the question is "clear", that "the word of God himself on the indissolubility of matrimony is sufficient", as well as the Catechism of the Catholic Church. "So-called remarried divorcees – for indeed their marriage is not a true marriage – are objectively in a situation which goes against the will of God and does not allow them to approach Holy Communion", he added, while acknowledging nevertheless that these "were painful and dramatic situations, which are a wound which we also make ours".

"The Congregation for the doctrine of the Faith, revealed Cardinal Trujillo, had formerly answered a letter from Bishop Kasper and two other German Bishops". According to the president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, the answer, "signed by Cardinal Ratzinger (then head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) and approved by John-Paul II, was repeating the doctrine of the Church". "You cannot set the present pope at variance with Cardinal Ratzinger", said the Columbian cardinal, adding "no modification of this doctrine is possible (…), it is not an issue under discussion, nor an issue to be discussed".

Nevertheless, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo admitted that Cardinal Kasper was "a great theologian": he certainly "wanted to re-affirm the pastoral aspect of this question, and what he meant to say was not clearly understood".