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George Weigel on Cdl. Kasper's Theory of Democracy

I guess he thinks democracies can't get it wrong:

A few weeks ago, after Ireland voted to approve so-called “same-sex marriage,” a correspondent sent me an e-mail quoting Cardinal Walter Kasper’s comment on the result: “A democratic state has the duty to respect the will of the people, and it seems clear that, if the majority of the people wants such homosexual unions, the state has a duty to recognize such rights.” I certainly hope the cardinal was either misquoted or mistranslated. For that comment, taken at face value, would suggest that a distinguished theologian-bishop has seriously misunderstood the nature of democracy and the Church’s teaching about just political communities.
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Frank (@txtradcatholic) said...

I am by no means a fan of Cardinal Kasper; in fact, I consider him a heretic and on the road to being a schismatic, which may be harsh but it's what he appears to be, and if the shoe fits, wear it. I am praying for him and all the bishops every day, especially the Bishop of Rome.

However, in this case, he's only really saying that the STATE has to "respect" the will of a majority. He didn't say the Church has to do so. Let's not beat him up for things he hasn't actually said, at least not yet. :)

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