Description: In a two-hour address to a consistory on the family last month, Cardinal Walter Kasper discussed marriage and family life, devoting the last section to “the problem of the divorced and remarried.” The final of the five sections has garnered much attention in the press. In that portion he asked, “is it not perhaps an exploitation of the person” when a person who has been divorced and remarried is excluded from receiving Communion, and suggests that for “the smaller segment of the divorced and remarried,” perhaps they could be admitted to “the sacrament of penance, and then of Communion.” The Holy See press officer, Fr. Federico Lombardi, had said the address would not be released, as it was a “starting point” of discussion on marriage and the family, and not a final word. We talk to Canon lawyer Ed Peters about these issues.
Dr Ed Peters
Holds the Cardinal Szoka Chair at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Holds doctoral degrees in civil and canon law from the University of Missouri at Columbia and from the Catholic University of America in Washington DC. Served as a diocesan canonist for over ten years, and has been teaching canon law at the graduate level for many years now. His writings have appeared in over 50 publications and he is the author of Annulments And The Catholic Church: Straight Answers To Tough Questions