Showing posts with label Archbishop Müller. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Archbishop Müller. Show all posts

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The CDF is Preparing a Statement Against the SSPX

Edit: Archbishop Müller is in the habit of overstepping his mandate.

(Vatican) The Prefect of the Congregation of Doctrine and the Faith, Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, was angry about the recent declaration of the three bishops of the Society of St. Pius X. This was reported by the dts news agency , citing the weekly magazine Focus. The bishops of the SSPX had issued on the anniversary of their episcopal ordination 25 years ago, a joint statement, in which they accused Rome with sharp words of being a being in the grip of a "Liberal spirit". In particular, the New Mass and the positions of the Second Vatican Council were objected to, ecumenism, religious liberty, and collegiality. The explanation was offered that this was a rejection of further talks with the Holy See. The SSPX itself, does not want it so understood.

So it seems, however, that this years acting Prefect of the CDF, the former Bishop of Regensburg, is the way he has understood it. According to Focus, the CDF is preparing a statement against the SSPX. To explain, says Focus , Archbishop Müller is reported to have said: "Well, but it's enough really."

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Archbishop Müller: No Foundation or Need for Deaconesses

(Osnabrück) Curial Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the Prefect of the Congregation of Faith, issued a clear rejection for a demand by progressive Catholic circles for a women's diaconate. "The sacrament of Holy Orders in the stages bishop, priest, deacon can only be validly received by a man according to Catholic doctrine," Müller told the Catholic news agency KNA in an interview for the German church newspapers.

Recently, demands had been raised, which was not always clear whether deacons and thus women, were called to the ordained ministry, or deaconesses, and there was a special office as such in the early church, but that was not associated with a consecration. Archbishop Müller sees no basis for an office of sacramental ordination after the model of the early church deaconess.

Deaconesses, says Müller, were apparent in the old church at times and in different regions. But these did "not receive the sacrament in the strict sense." They were introduced out of reasons of necessity and played an important role, "because priests were not allowed to attend women at home or in hospital wards." However, these tasks are no longer necessary, because the reasons for it were withdrawn.

In February, Cardinal Walter Kasper had proposed the consideration of a "community-deacon." The remarks sparked criticism because the word deacon, or deaconess place a subliminally intended ordained ministry. "It may prove to be that there is a specific office in the Church today, but not a sacramental office of Women for Women's needs," said the now Prefect of the Congregation.

Archbishop Müller also reiterated the statement of Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich, and also spoke out against the Catholic Church's retreat from the hospital system: "The retreat mentality is contrary to the nature of the Church as a missionary [militant?] Church." Caritas, says Müller, as Prefect, is a constitutive characteristic feature of the Church.

As before, Cardinal Marx and Curial Archbishop Müller contradicted, without naming them, the Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes and Cologne psychiatrist and theologian Manfred Lütz, who just appeared in a jointly written book, demanding the transformation of Catholic hospitals, because too many people work at Catholic hospitals who were not Catholic and would not identify with the Church. This creates problems of "employer authority."

Growing up in a secular environment, people can not simply be blamed if they might not be at Mass every Sunday, said Müller. "We want to convince rather by example," said the Prefect of the Congregation.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
 Image: Chiesa e Postconcilio\

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Secretary of State Scolds New CDF

Edit:  Archbishop Müller attempts to go over the head of the local ordinary, the Pope, even lies about it, on behalf of his Liberation Theology friends in Peru. 

(Lima) In the Andean country of Peru, there is a rebellious university, which was deprived by Rome of the right to continue to call itself a "Catholic.”  The competent Archbishop and nominal chancellor of the academic institution withdrew the right to teach theology from the entire faculty.  After a heated session, which took place a few days ago in Rome, the Holy See insisted  that the university will continue to rebel without theologians. Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone had been invited to the meeting. The senior participants made the intention of the Prefect of the Congregation, Archbishop Curia Gerhard Ludwig Müller to thwart the ruling. He had tried to take the side of the Peruvian rebel party. A "gross error” for the keeper of the faith, as it is described in Rome.
Several dicastries were invited to the meeting  to consider a letter from Archbishop Müller to the Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Cipriani Thorne at the end of January. Therein the Prefect demanded an explanation as to why the Peruvian Cardinal had revoked the Church’s permission to teach theology for all the university professors of theology department.   This had notified the university authorities in December of disciplinary action by which the Holy See had withdrawn by its decree of June 2012, the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru right to continue to describe themselves as “Papal" and call themselves "Catholic".

University must not describe itself as "papal" and "Catholic" - withdrawal of entire faculty's theology teaching license

The disciplinary measure which took place with the approval of Pope Benedict XVI, has lost none of its legal validity, since the university boards continue to refuse to reform the statutes and ecclesiastical regulations to implement the Apostolic Constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae for higher education institutions.
Although the Roman decree at the time of appointment of the Bishop of Regensburg to Rome had been adopted, and the new CDF Prefect was active, according to which the rebellious professors had then turned to complain to him. According to this the withdrawal of permission to teach, it was made from "reasons of doctrine." Müller felt thus responsible, and called on the Archbishop of Lima, despite his own existing decision, to let the regular teaching  in theology continue. Müller justified this unusual step by saying that the Holy See had not yet decided the question.

CDF Prefect Müllers' interference in Lima and in the Vatican was not viewed well

The new Prefect’s interference came to nothing in Archbishop's Palace in Lima or in the other departments in Rome. Therefore, the Secretary of State Cardinal Bertone  addressed the situation at the aforementioned meeting at which the Muller's letter was canceled. It was annuled on the grounds that it had merely been a “personal" intiative by the Prefect, who had not even consulted his experts at the Congregation. Mueller also failed to send the letter through the regular channels of the Apostolic Nunciature in Lima. The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Cipriani had instead simply just gotten a fax. The document has ignored the canon law, the other departments, which the competent diocesan bishop for the right to grant and revoke the teaching license.
The result of the meeting was immediately sent through diplomatic channels to Peru. It can be summarized as follows: The letter from Archbishop Mueller is null and void the decision of Archbishop Cardinal Cipriani has undiminished validity.

Müller's letter null and void - “Heavy Blow" for the new Master of the Holy Office

The former Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, whose acronym of PUCP has shrunk in UP, does not have enough teachers who are willing to teach without church permission at the university.
The outcome of the meeting chaired by Cardinal Bertone was a "serious blow all around to the new Prefect, such as Andrés Beltramo Álvarez wrote for Vatican insider. To the Roman Curia  the question is whether the "new German in Rome "is really the right man for such a central post, which requires maximum discipline and allows neither improvisation nor formal or editorial errors".
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Corrispondenza Romana