What strange times these are! Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith would not be my choice for the title of Defender of the Faith. I have written of his blasphemy against the Blessed Virgin Mary previously (see here) and he is also known for supporting liberation theology. However, Cardinal Müller proved to be a strong support for the Church’s doctrine regarding marriage and the family during and after the attacks on them by Pope Bergoglio and the Kasper contingent. That is why I was fascinated to see the following article originally posted by Andrea Tornielli at Vatican Insider, which John Vennari at Catholic Family News brings to us:
The German cardinal has suggested a new area of responsibility for his dicastery: to provide the “theological structure of a pontificate”
In one of the numerous interviews he has given over the past few weeks focusing on the next Synod, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, spoke about a new task for his dicastery. It is a task that is never been mentioned in the documents outlining the precise competencies of the former Holy Office.
In an interview with French Catholic newspaper La Croix, the German cardinal stated: “The arrival of a theologian like Benedict XVI in the Chair of St. Peter was no doubt an exception. But John XXIII was not a professional theologian. Pope Francis is also more pastoral and our mission at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is to provide the theological structure of a pontificate.” So according to Müller’s statement, the former Holy Office must “theologically structure” Pope Francis’ pontificate. And this is probably the reason why the Prefect gives public statements on such a frequent basis, like never before.
This is a significant piece of news bearing in mind what is stated in article 48 of “Pastor Bonus”, the Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia promulgated by John Paul II in 1988, that: “The proper duty of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is to promote and safeguard the doctrine on faith and morals in the whole Catholic world.”
While the Pope “by the will of Christ Himself”, as Francis recalled at the end of the 2014 Synod, is the “supreme Pastor and Teacher of all the faithful” (Canon 749). Until a few decades ago (the last to do so was Paul VI) it was the Pope himself who personally presided over the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, precisely because of this task which, by virtue of the Petrine primacy, only he has the power to exercise. A primacy which belongs to the Bishop of Rome, which involves presiding “in charity” and resolving theological questions where needed.
Cardinal Müller’s words – which introduced the new task of “provid[ing] the theological structure of a pontificate”, a task that had not been formalised until now – went practically unnoticed. While on the one hand his words open up new doctrinal scenarios in relation to Church tradition, on the other hand they seem to suggest that, according to Müller, the current pontificate – and St John XXIII’s too – lacks sufficient theological “structure”.
Originally posted at Vatican Insider
It is difficult to see how Pope Bergoglio’s theological deficiencies can pass unnoticed by any but the most obtuse Catholics, and yet, this move of Cardinal Müller is certainly a novelty. What bearing this will have on the gathering storm of the impending final Synod is anyone’s guess.
Interesting times, eh?
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