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Communion for the Divorced and Remarried: Why Revisionists in Moral Theology Should Reject Kasper’s Proposal
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2015 (English)In: Nova et vetera, ISSN 0029-5027, E-ISSN 1542-7315, Vol. 13, no 3, 765-785 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Cardinal Walter Kasper has presented a proposal according to which divorced and remarried Catholics may, under certain conditions, receive Holy Communion. “Traditionalists” in moral theology have firmly rejected the proposal on moral grounds, while “revisionists” have been more receptive to it. This article presents a method by which the question of the moral tolerability of second, civil marriages for divorced Catholics can be settled. The method is neutral between “traditionalists” and “revisionists” in the sense that it does not take for granted the truth of any traditionalist dogma, such as the existence of intrinsically evil acts. The method should, in fact, be more acceptable to “revisionists” than to “traditionalists”. Still, when the method is applied to the question of the moral tolerability of second, civil marriages, it gives a negative verdict. This leads to the conclusion that “revisionists” as well as “traditionalists” in moral theology have strong reason to reject Cardinal Kasper’s proposal.       

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Greenwood Village, CO: Augustine Institute Inc. , 2015. Vol. 13, no 3, 765-785 p.
Keyword [en]
Holy Communion, divorced and remarried Catholics, Walter Kasper, Kasper proposal, revisionism in moral theology
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Religious Studies
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Studies In Faiths and Ideologies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-106968OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-106968DiVA: diva2:845871
Available from: 2015-08-13 Created: 2015-08-13 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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