After German bishops’ visit at the Congregation of the Faith because of the inter-Communion dispute, Müller says: For the good of the Church, "a clear expression of the Catholic faith necessary" right now. The Pope should "reaffirm the faith.”
Vatican (kath.net/pl) The statement was "very thin" and contained "no answer to the central and essential question". For it is not possible that one is "in sacramental communion without ecclesial communion.” The former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Gerhard Cardinal Müller, explained this to Vaticanist Edward Penton, as he reported on his blog in the "National Catholic Register". Müller, after several German bishops (among them the DBK President Reinhard Cardinal Marx and the Archbishop of Cologne Rainer Maria Cardinal Woelki) were invited to a discussion in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, after a dispute over the proposal had erupted in the German Bishops' Conference, in mixed confessional marriages and the Protestant spouse receiving Catholic Communion “in an individual cases.” .
For the welfare of the Church “a clear expression of the Catholic faith necessary," said Müller. The Pope should "reaffirm the faith", especially with regard to the "pillar of our faith, the Eucharist.” At the same time, the Pope and the Congregation of the Faith should give "clear orientation", not through "personal opinion but according to the revealed faith.”
Pentin also reported that one source interpreted the statement as the "official answer that there is no answer." The Holy Father did not fulfill his duty as pope in relation to a dogma question, but left it to his office. The Pope refused to draw a line and left it to the Congregation of the Faith to be a postman for this information. But dicasteries are "useless" if the decisions are left to the episcopal conferences. The unnamed source further stated that he expected Marx to further reduce the number of bishops who reject the DBK proposal. "Our task now is to strengthen these seven bishops." One could assume that a "long fight" was imminent.
However, Pentin commented, even the advocates of the DBK Inter-Communion Initiative would not have received the Pope's approval.
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