If we are going to name a new heresy, we should get the etymology right
October 30, 2015 § 10 Comments
At One Peter Five, Michael Lofton writes:
It would seem that a new heresy is being created before our very eyes. What is this new heresy? If Arianism was named after the priest and theologian Arius, who championed the denial of Christ’s divinity, it seems fitting to call our present corruption of Catholic belief, “Kasperism” – inasmuch as it has been promoted most vigorously by the German Cardinal Walter Kasper. What is Kasperism? It is the view that dogma is to be left intact in theory, but may be contradicted in practice.
This is giving Cardinal Kasper far too much credit. If we want to give credit where credit is due, we’d be better off calling the position that dogma is to be left intact in theory, but may be contradicted in practice Castiglionism or Capellarism.