Cardinal Walter Kasper, ‘the pope’s theologian,’ reveals the brains behind Francis’ heart


German Cardinal Walter Kasper walks, after the end of a meeting held at the Synod Hall, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on March 4, 2013. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Tony Gentile *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-KASPER-ROME, originally transmitted on April 3, 2015.

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ROME (RNS) Rejecting claims that Pope Francis is a theological lightweight, Cardinal Walter Kasper describes Francis as a theologian in his own right whose pastoral approach is setting Catholicism on a new course.