NOTE: Update, Father Serafino Lanzetta has a radio broadcast which you can access by a link in the sidebar to the right. It is “Radio Immaculata”; please check it out, you will not be disappointed. Thank you.
Rorate has posted Father Serafino Lanzetta’s review of Cardinal Kasper’s book, “Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life”. The entirety of Father Lanzetta’s review should be read by all who are concerned over the upcoming Synod on Marriage and the Family. Here is a link.
Father Serafino Lanzetta, is a Franciscan Friar of the Immaculate and a professor of theology. Until Pope Francis removed him, he was Prior of his order, the order which is being suppressed by Pope Francis.
In his review, one is immediately struck by the clarity and precision of thought evidenced by Father Lanzetta’s masterful response to Cardinal Kasper.
Father Lanzetta ably rebuts Cardinal Walter Kasper’s stance on mercy, which Pope Francis called “beautiful and serene theology”. The article itself is dense with meaning, and takes some time and patience to fully grasp, at least for me. Father Lanzetta systematically dismantles not just Kasper’s clumsy arguments, but goes on to set straight the errors of Hans Urs von Balthasar, a favorite theologian of Pope John Paul II and of most of the forces behind Vatican II’s errors. It is a really masterful work and shows how fruitful a great mind like Father Lanzetta’s can be when it is totally consecrated to the Immaculata. Perhaps another example of why it has been such an urgent priority for our “humble” pope to silence the Friars.
The very best remark comes at the end of the post:
“The saints, in truth, teach us to be very cautious with God’s Mercy, to not take it lightly, nor to misconstrue it, closing oneself in a desire for Justice at any cost. The apostle of Germany, Saint Peter Canisius, S.J., says in this regard: “We ought to behave with God’s Mercy in such a way as to be conformed to his Justice. Blind men let themselves be seduced by a vain confidence in Our Lord’s Mercy” (Letter to his sister Wandelina van Triest, born Kanis, Cologne, 23 March 1543).
Note that Father Lanzetta, in his answer to the errors of Pope Francis, Cardinal Kasper and his contingent of German Bishops, cites a quote from St. Peter Canisius who was as he says, “the apostle of Germany” as well as noting, also a Jesuit (as is Pope Francis).
Blind men, indeed! Clearly, Father Lanzetta must be silenced…
Our Lady of Victory, pray for us.