Cardinal Walter Kasper in a statement dated January 26, 2023:
“I fully agree with the statement by the lay initiative New Beginning on the Roman letter of January 16 on the question of the Synodal Council. The letter, backed by the authority of the Pope and ultimately the Second Vatican Council, is absolutely clear. It cannot be undermined by tricky reinterpretations.
At his episcopal ordination, each bishop was assigned the pastoral ministry in his diocese in the succession of the apostles. He cannot subsequently waive the exercise of this sacramentally conferred power of attorney in whole or in part by committing himself to a synodal council without violating the responsibility personally conferred on him.
The theory of bishops' renunciation is in fact a dishonest and self-contradictory trickery. The resistance to Roman writing or its tricky reinterpretation and evasion inevitably lead, contrary to all well-intentioned protestations, to the brink of schism and plunge the people of God in Germany into an even deeper crisis.
Today we celebrate the feast of the apostles Timothy and Titus. It is worth reading the letters addressed to her again in the New Testament. There is talk of a time in which one can no longer endure healthy teaching and no longer want to listen to the truth, but instead always seeks new teachers who flatter the ears according to one's own wishes.
Especially in such a situation applies: "Preach the word, stand up for it, whether people want to hear it or not." But you "preach the gospel, fulfill your ministry faithfully!" (2 Tim 4, 2-6).
Cardinal Walter Kasper, emer. Cardinal of the Curia, former President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, former Professor of Dogmatics.