January 28, 2012.
) “The Catholic Church: Essence, Reality and Mission.”
This is the title of Cardinal Walter Kasper's
new book. It talks about the state of the Church, as seen from his experience as a theologian and former president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity
Card. Walter Kasper
President Emeritus, Pontifical Council for Christian Unity
“I wanted to share these stories with my experience in theology. I come from the school of Thuringia, where Ecclesiology is very important. I wanted to make a contribution that would help the Church overcome the crisis its now facing. I wanted to help the faithful, priests and students.”
Card. Kurt Koch
President, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
“The book is not only the academic work of a teacher, or just the book of a bishop. Above everything else, it's a book written by a Christian who talks about his life and his relationship with the Church.”
Cardinal Kasper says the book goes beyond a simple analysis of the Church. Rather it deals with three key points, including the mission of the laity, the role of women in the Catholic Church and also pedophilia.
Card. Walter Kasper
President Emeritus, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
“I made a real analysis, an honest one that shows the lights and shadows of the Church. I concluded that in a situation like the one we're in now, we need to return to our deep roots, go back to the Scriptures, our Scholastic theologians, because we can't invent or make a new Church, we need a renewed Church, especially spiritually.”
“After his thorough analysis, as only a German can do, he concludes that this time of crisis should become 'Kairos,' meaning 'the right moment' to re-evangelize in a way that's more convincing, to evangelize so people can live the Gospel in a practical way.”
Walter Kasper is 78 years old. He was ordained in 1957. When it comes to higher education, he's been a leading figure. He has received over 20 honorary doctorates. But what he's most proud of is his work in promoting unity among all Christians.