He writes: "There are blanket statements that can not stand this way, for example, when it is said that the conscience of the faithful is not sufficiently formed. This sentence in this generality is offensive to many believers. And what will many say when they think of priests who are accused of abuse? Is their conscience adequately formed? What must victims of abuse feel when a sentence like 'The priest continues the work of salvation on earth' is so completely undifferentiated? The right distinction makes the theologian."
He gives another example: "For the statement that remarried divorced and non-Catholic Christians could not fruitfully receive the Eucharist, the manifesto refers to no. 1.457 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. I looked up twice and did not find that sentence there. I know no other dogmatically binding statement in which the sentence is in this form. Incidentally, the manifesto speaks of remarried divorced women whose first marriage is 'before God'. Thus, it obviously assumes that there are also those whose first marriage does not exist before God. Who can decide that, and what about these?"
He also challenges him on the celibacy issue. "In fact, there are priests in the Catholic Church who are married: in the Eastern Churches in communion with Rome, former Protestant or, as most recently, Pope Benedict XVI. has – former Anglican pastors. Even though I am personally convinced that one has to think afresh and deeper about the meaning of the freely chosen celibacy, at least the discussion of viri probati can not be forbidden."
Cardinal Kasper concludes: "I was totally horrified when I read about the 'fraud of Antichrist' towards the end of the manifesto. This is almost literally reminiscent of Martin Luther's argument. Luther also rightly criticised much in the church. But the Antichrist accusation was – as our Lutheran dialogue partners say today – even then inappropriate. Is there a Luther redivivus behind the manifesto? One who rightly advocates reforms in the Church, but wants to pass them on and defeat the Pope? I do not want to believe that. Because that could only lead to confusion and division. That would upset the Catholic Church."