As many have pointed out, Cardinal Kasper’s proposal simply ignores the central theological problem that has prevented the Church from allowing remarriage after divorce for centuries. After all, it was Jesus Christ, not some unfeeling Vatican bureaucrat, who said, “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and the one who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.” And it was St. Paul, not some rigid Scholastic theologian lost in his abstractions, who taught, “Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord.” What Kasper proposes is letting divorced and remarried people receive Communion by expressing contrition for the failure of their first marriage. Kasper says nothing about expressing contrition for the second marriage, which Jesus taught was adulterous. If the only sin were divorce, the Church never would have barred remarried divorcees from Communion, because past sins can be forgiven in the confessional. It is ongoing sin, what Julia Flyte termed “living in sin,” that cannot be forgiven.