Head of the CDF: SSPX an “extreme group” and supporting “an ideology”

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Head of the CDF urges Catholics to welcome ordinariate converts

By Madeleine Teahan on Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Archbishop Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (Photo: CNS)

Catholics in England and Wales should welcome members of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has said.

In an interview with The Catholic Herald, Archbishop Gerhard Müller said: “Many of those who have entered into full communion through the ordinariates have sacrificed a great deal in order to be true to their consciences. They should be welcomed wholeheartedly by the Catholic community – not as prodigals but as brothers and sisters in Christ who bring with them into the Church a worthy patrimony of worship and spirituality.”

Archbishop Müller, who was appointed prefect in July this year, oversees reconciliation talks with the Society of St Pius X (SSPX) in his new role. He told the Herald that “the SSPX must accept the fullness of the Catholic faith and its practice” as “disunity always damages the proclamation of the Gospel by darkening the testimony of Jesus Christ”.

He said: “The SSPX need to distinguish between the true teaching of the Second Vatican Council and specific abuses that occurred after the Council, but which are not founded in the Council’s documents.”

He later continued: “Everyone who is Catholic must ask themselves if they are cherry-picking points from the Church’s teachings for the sake of supporting an ideology. Which is more important: an ideology or the faith? I want to say to people in extreme groups to put their ideology to one side and come to Jesus Christ.”

Archbishop Müller also said that he had been an admirer of the current Pope since he was in seminary and used to read the Pope’s book An Introduction to Christianity during his formation.  He said: “It was a new book at the time and the concentrated theological insights are ever present in my mind today.”

In his new position as prefect for the CDF he has a weekly meeting with the Pope for an hour. He said: “In private, we speak in our mother tongue, German, but in an official context we must speak in Italian.”

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7 comments on “Head of the CDF: SSPX an “extreme group” and supporting “an ideology”

  1. Archbishop Müller said: “The SSPX need to distinguish between the true teaching of the Second Vatican Council and specific abuses that occurred after the Council, but which are not founded in the Council’s documents.”

    This would be laughable were not from the lips of the man chosen to be the Prefect of the CDF for, in actual fact, it is he himself who needs to distinguish between “the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and specific abuses that occurred after the Council.” It is not those who have chosen to guard and defend the true teachings of the Church in the years after the novelties of the Second Vatican Council but those who have supplanted those teachings with outright falsities or presumed heresies that deserve to be classified as not in full communion. So it is that the Council convened as a pastoral council is held up before us one which deserves full and unqualified assent. Assent to what, one must ask? This is the nitty-gritty which this man who has written fallaciously regarding the Perpetual Viginity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the doctrine, yes, that’s right, doctrine of Transsubstantiation which has been the bedrock of our Theology from day one. Even more important, however, is that this man has not been chastised and removed by the Vicar of Christ but is allowed to obfuscate and speak erroneously about the doctrines he is supposed to be defending. It’s not time for “Twittering” but time to act in defense of the Faith, Your Holiness, with due respect to the Office which you hold.

    My dear friends, this is the state of our beloved Church in the 21st century and it is not pretty, As we approach the Nativity of Our Lord in but a few days, we must pray that He will, indeed, come again and restore His Church in the world. Venite adoremus.

  2. Re: my last post , please change “speat” to “speak”. Thank you, and God bless you all with a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  3. ‘by their fruits’ -‘ documents schmocuments. The first Mass I went to was my Nana’s funeral. As an adult I had no confusion attending a ‘relatively’ traditional parish – had both NO and EF – always ad orientum, never communion in the hand – apart from the abuse of NO itself, great care taken not to let protestantism pour through the cracks created by NO. then, with the necessity of moving I discovered that there are as many Catholicisms as there are parishes… Protestantism (against God’s authority – least we forget) had been secreted/ invited into the Church – the Church vouchsafed to protect and worthily offer up the unbloody sacrifice of the Word made flesh (from the rising of the sun to the setting of the same); and then the new way proclaiming that the words of popes and saints prior to PVI and JPII, were now quaint ‘lies’ – to all ‘effect’…

  4. Pope St. Pius X said al lhat needs be on Modrernism.

    That his dire warnings were not heeded explains why we have Benedict as pope and Mueller as his chief “enforcer.”

    The crisis worsens by the hour….

  5. He said: “The SSPX need to distinguish between the true teaching of the Second Vatican Council and specific abuses that occurred after the Council, but which are not founded in the Council’s documents.”
    So Mueller should throw out the Novus Ordo complete with the crazy music, the table, communion in the hand, the eucharistic ministers, etc. because they are not in the council documents either. Instead, he should propagate the Faith which the Council did not redefine such as “outside of the Catholic Church there is no salvation.”

    • The true teaching of the Second Vatican Council is Nuns on a Bus:

      The real meaning of Vatican II
      October 20, 2012

      Pope John XXIII, pictured here in 1962, opened the Second Vatican Council… (Associated Press )
      Responding to the Op-Ed article Sunday on Vatican II by John Gehring a former assistant director for media relations at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, reader G.V. Climaco of Brea wrote:

      “John Gehring’s hatchet job on the Roman Catholic Church is easily refuted. Instead of invoking the vacuous ‘spirit of Vatican II,’ he should read its 16 official documents. And good Pope John XXIII himself, in his opening address to the council on Oct. 11, 1962, declared that the church must adapt its light of truth to a changed world but that its deposit of faith ‘must be preserved intact’ and its teaching authority ‘re-affirmed until the end of time.’

      “Helping the poor has from the start been a corporal work of mercy of the church. Many of the American nuns recently reprimanded by the Vatican, however, mix the church’s tradition of service with an obstinate rejection of church teachings.”

      John Gehring responds:

      Since the Second Vatican Council closed in 1965, Catholics in the pews and religious scholars have debated the legacy of what has been called the most important religious event of the 20th century. How could it be otherwise? Many Vatican officials expressed trepidation when Pope John XXIII unexpectedly called the council. Bishops and cardinals who participated often sharply disagreed with each other. The historic council spawned prodigious volumes of commentary with divergent interpretations. Vatican II still remains something of a Rorschach test for Catholic identity during a time when the church is increasingly divided.

      My analysis was a sincere attempt to document larger post-Vatican II trends in our church. As a proud Catholic inspired by church teachings on human dignity and the common good, I want our bishops and all Catholics to remain effective messengers of Gospel values in a pluralistic public square. Groundbreaking documents from Vatican II, especially Gaudium et Spes — the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World — offered a vision of church in society that radiated joy and hope. The council emphasized engagement and the need to discern the “signs of the times.” John recognized that a church that simply hurled condemnation from gilded thrones would not change hearts and minds.

      The Catholic Church’s countercultural witness — defending the sanctity of all human life — is a treasure. But when some leaders give the false impression that the church is simply the Republican Party at prayer or that Catholicism is a single-issue religion, this treasure is tarnished. Americans know that bishops oppose contraception, abortion and gay marriage. But what about the chasm between rich and poor, environmental destruction and assaults on workers? These are all moral issues central to traditional Catholic teaching that U.S. church leaders are less vocal about.

      Nuns on the Bus, a group of Catholic sisters promoting social justice, are being cheered by so many Catholics today not because they oppose church teaching, but because they give expression to the church’s pro-life witness in its fullest sense.

    • Mueller should pay more attention to his Pope.
      Pope Benedict, on the 50th anniversary of VC II:
      The Council Fathers wished to present the faith in a meaningful way; and if they opened themselves trustingly to dialogue with the modern world it is because they were certain of their faith, of the solid rock on which they stood. In the years following, however, many embraced uncritically the dominant mentality, placing in doubt the very foundations of the deposit of faith, which they sadly no longer felt able to accept as truths.

      Sadly, both Mueller and Pope Benedict continue to uncritically embrace the “dominant mentality”.

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