I am calling Cardinal Kasper the patron saint of persistent prelates.
Last year he figured as point man for the push within the Roman church for change to rules regarding communion and remarried divorcees.
There was a push back, but it looks like the Kasper shove is coming back into the maul, and steering it towards the try line. The Tablet reports here. (Note this report also)
Oh, I know, those who doubt the maul will head in that direction will be vocal. "The church is bound by ... this and that."
But that could be to underestimate the current Pope. He is a realist, not an idealist. He knows that the church (all churches, he understands Protestants and Pentecostals pretty well) in the West is in trouble. On certain matters it is becoming too much like the Pharisees (i.e. emphasising the rules) and less like Jesus (i.e. emphasising mercy). Only the Jesus shaped church has a chance of winning back the West.
He has not taken the name Francis for nothing.
And this means something for Anglicans. We may be responding to cultural change with - take your pick - greater urgency, less regard for tradition, etc, but perhaps we are going to be more in tune with Rome than looked the case when (e.g.) the Ordinariate began.
And there is a challenge for Anglicans. Rome changes with a significant regard for unity. We Anglicans do not always have that regard.
Though currently - amidst a round of Motion 30 workshops in the Christchurch Diocese - I am impressed by our local commitment to finding a way forward to stay together.