TAIZÉ, France, Aug. 23 – Brother Roger Schutz pursued many ecumenical dreams in his long life, but in death one of them came true: At a Eucharistic service celebrated Tuesday by a Roman Catholic cardinal for Brother Roger, a Swiss Protestant, communion wafers were given to the faithful indiscriminately, regardless of denomination.
Members of the monastic order founded by Brother Roger Schutz carried his coffin at his funeral Tuesday in Taizé in eastern France.
Cardinal Walter Kasper, the president of the Vatican’s council for the unity of Christians, who celebrated the Mass, said in a homily, "Yes, the springtime of ecumenism has flowered on the hill of Taizé." Beyond religious divisions, Brother Roger also abhorred the division between rich and poor. "Every form of injustice or neglect made him very sad," Cardinal Kasper said.
Brother Roger’s community and friends, including President Horst Köhler of Germany and the retired archbishop of Paris, Jean-Marie Lustiger, attended the liturgy in the vast wooden monastery church at Taizé, while thousands more followed it on a huge screen in fields outside the church. [Source]
Being that this article is from they NYT I wonder how accurate the phrase "given to the faithful indiscriminately, regardless of denomination." is. Though I would not be too surprised with Cardinal Kasper being involved. Especially considering that then-Cardinal Ratzinger vetoed plans for Cardinal Walter Kasper to doing the same thing at a joint communion service in Germany in 2003. I doubt that Brother Roger would really consider this "a dream come true" since if it happened it would have been a false symbol of communion and unity, a communion that truly does not yet exist. To pretend otherwise for ecumenical sensibilities is to just pretend. It would be really interesting to know if Pope Benedict was involved in this decision or not.