Pope Francis has said he expects his papacy to be brief, but Cardinal Walter Kasper is working to ensure Francis' legacy endures.
The intensity of the opposition to Pope Francis' reform raises a basic question at the pope's two-year anniversary: Can his reform campaign outlast his papacy?
In 12 short but concise chapters, Kasper analyzes the Argentine and European roots of the pope's theology and not surprisingly devotes a whole chapter to mercy.
During the second year of his pontificate, Pope Francis was still feeling the love, and not just from Catholics or those from his homeland of Argentina.
A Pew Research Center study released Dec. 11 showed that the pope has broad support across much of the world. Sixty percent of the 43 nations polled had a positive view of the pontiff.
And Americans, in particular, have shown their fondness for Francis, often extolling his simplistic style. According to the Pew study, 78 percent of Americans view the pope favorably.
The majority of German bishops find the present guidelines regarding pastoral work with remarried divorcees "fraught with problems."
A Roman Observer: Pope Francis' transfer of Cardinal Raymond Burke has intensified yet more irresponsible talk of schism within the Catholic church.
Pope Francis removed U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke as head of the Vatican's highest court and named him to a largely ceremonial post.
Cardinal Walter Kasper gave a 50-minute lecture on the meaning and significance of Pope Francis on Thursday at The Catholic University of America.
NCR Today: The Scripture passage most often cited by opponents of Cardinal Walter Kasper's proposal on divorce and remarriage is not as clear-cut as it appears.
With Francis, the "somewhat pessimistic basic mood" of the church has given way to a new joy, a spirit of optimism, and a new start, Cardinal Walter Kasper said.