Little book carries big message for families

Cover.jpgTHE GOSPEL OF THE FAMILY
By Cardinal Walter Kasper
Published by Paulist Press, $9.95

When he spoke -- at the request of Pope Francis -- in a two-hour session in front of at least 150 of the world's cardinals in February, Cardinal Walter Kasper's comments about divorce and remarriage caught the room's attention.

Kasper posed two questions: Given that the current judicial process for annulling a marriage often is long and burdensome, can the church develop a more sensitive and efficient process? Given that sometimes even valid, sacramental marriages can become "irreparably broken" and one or both parties enter new, civil marriages and try to live faithfully in a church community, is it right to deny them the sacraments? 

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A version of this story appeared in the May 23-June 5, 2014 print issue under the headline: Little book carries big message for families .

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