The description of the tasks of the new authority for the doctrine of faith shows "a shattering theological ignorance of the authors of this section.”
Rome (kath.net) Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, sharply criticized the draft for the Roman Curial Reform. In the interview with the PNP Müller speaks of "theological ignorance". In the various media is "no conclusive concept of the origin, nature and mission of the Church is recognizable.” Instead of orienting itself more clearly to the concept of the Church of the Second Vatican Council, "the Curia remains lost in the air, because it is no longer clearly assigned to the service of the Pope for the Universal Church." The document was approved by the Pontifical Council of the Pope and is currently available to leading Church offices for consideration.
Müller is also critical that the special role of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith is being relativized. "The draft is a haphazard juxtaposition of 16 ministries that are somehow in the service of the pope, the individual bishops and the episcopal conferences." Evangelization comes first "although it is a task of the whole Church and not specific to the Pope.” Müller finds clear words: "This sketch is for a future Apostolic Constitution to a conglomeration of subjective individual ideas, pious wishes, moral appeals with individual quotations from Council texts and statements by the current Pope."
The former bishop of Regensburg also criticizes the fact that the draft for the curia reform "does not clearly distinguish" between the secular and spiritual tasks of the pope. The secular tasks were "only secondary and by no means significantly connected with the papacy.” The "highest mission of the Pope" was "his teaching as a member and head of the episcopal college.” But even though "the universal teaching of the Church is the basis of existence of the papal primate,” the doctrine of faith now appears only as "any task of the pope among many others.”
Especially in the description of the tasks of the new authority for the Doctrine of Faith shows, says Müller, "there is a shattering theological ignorance of the authors of this section". Thus, basic concepts of Catholic theology such as Revelation, Gospel or Magisterium are being employed “disjointedly or incorrectly.” It remains to be hoped that "this section will be formulated from scratch by a proven theologian and canonist."
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