Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Cardinal v. cardinal in debate on Catholic divorcees
Burke expresses clear disagreement with Kasper's liberal proposal
- March 24, 2014
Cardinal Raymond Burke has voiced a clear disagreement with Cardinal Walter Kasper’s proposal for a new approach to allow Communion for Catholics who are divorced and remarried.
Appearing on the EWTN TV broadcast of “The World Over,” Cardinal Burke told host Raymond Arroyo that Cardinal Kasper’s proposal, introduced at a February consistory of the world’s cardinals, would seem to conflict with established Catholic doctrine and canon law.
“In my estimation as a canonist I do not think it is possible,” said Cardinal Burke, who is the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Church’s top canonical tribunal. He added: “I trust in coming days… the error of his approach will become ever clearer."
Cardinal Burke pointed out that Cardinal Kasper’s address was delivered to the cardinals during a meeting at which discussions were originally intended to be confidential. But since the thrust of the German cardinal’s proposal had become widely known, he said, he felt obligated to report that Cardinal Kasper’s ideas had met with some resistance among the cardinals.