Cardinal Müller denies that CDF received heresy accusations against pope

Cardinal Müller denies that CDF received heresy accusations against pope

[“Falling (back) into line”?]

Christa Pongratz-Lippitt | Jan. 6, 2016 | National un-Catholic Reporter

It is a great joy to witness Pope Francis’ steadfast commitment to the poor, Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith Prefect Cardinal Gerhard Müller, told the German weekly Die Zeit in a lengthy, stocktaking interview on the state of the church in 2015.
“The pope’s espousal of the poor and his unflinching adherence to the fact that theologically the periphery is not the margin but the center [of the church], and that the hope of humankind lies in Jesus Christ and not in the New York Stock Exchange warms my heart,” Müller said.

Müller has co-authored a book on poverty with liberation theologian Gustavo Gutièrrez. The book was written because Müller is convinced that, rightly understood, liberation theology is a blessing for Latin America.

“That is why I greatly appreciate Gustavo Gutièrrez’ life work — and not because I want to score points in leftist-liberal circles,” he said.

The interviewer said that Francis’ critics have accused him of not appreciating doctrine sufficiently. Some of his critics had even called him a heretic.

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“I assure them that they are wrong — not only ex officio, but from personal experience,” Müller said. “A heretic is a Catholic who obstinately denies a revealed truth that the church has declared to be true and that Catholics are obliged to believe.”

Is it true that the CDF had received accusations of heresy against Francis?

“No!” Müller replied.

The German cardinal was appointed to CDF by Pope Benedict XVI. What has changed under Pope Francis?

“Nothing,” Müller said. “The two popes for whom I coordinate the work of the Congregation are different people. That enriches the church.”

The CDF’s job is to protect the faith against heresies or schismatic tendencies, Müller said but added, “We must also raise our voice against the inner secularization of the church.”

Francis has his own style for sermons and pastoral approach, “both of which millions of people find most convincing. But he has again and again emphasized that everything he says and all his gestures must be interpreted within the framework of the Catholic creed,” Müller said. “Jesus said God’s salvific will is the way, even if it seems difficult. For us Catholics, but also for Protestant Christians, the Word of God is the truth and, as far as issues concerning the truth are concerned, there are no compromises. We are not God’s negotiating partners.”

Did the German language group at the synod last October, of which he had been a member, succeeded in reaching a compromise between the ideal of marriage and reality as it is lived today?

“That was not a compromise,” Müller was quick to answer. “The essence of marriage remains the same, namely, when a man and a woman can say yes to one another, exclusively and forever. You cannot separate love and corporeality, faithfulness and sexuality. That is something worldly concepts of Christianity cannot change.”

Müller was also asked if he and Cardinal Walter Kasper, who was also in the German language group, had serious differences of opinion on such topics.

“Cardinal Kasper and I are Catholic theologians who proceed from the fact of Divine Revelation. We are not politicians trying to reconcile conflicting interests,” Müller replied. “Faith is not a party program that one can adjust to the will of the electorate. The church is not a philosophers’ club trying to discern the truth. It is about the Spirit of God who has conserved the church for 2,000 years.”

On a different subject, Müller said it is essential for Islamic scholars and politicians to make clear that violence is against the will of Allah.

Within Islam, there are sincere authorities who could be taken seriously and who believe that violence contradicts the core message of their faith, Müller observed.

“These Islamic scholars and politicians must unequivocally and bindingly demonstrate that violence is against the will of God. Fundamentalism is anti-Christian and immoral. Whoever hurts others in the name of God acts against God’s will,” Muller said. “That is valid for Judaism, Christianity and Islam. I am deliberately mentioning Islam as it considers Allah the Creator of all life and praises him as the All Merciful. Whoever believes in God the Merciful in the first sura of the Quran, can only interpret the suras that call for violence against infidels as a human interpretation of the Quran and not God’s will.”

He was very wary of using this argument in his talks with Muslim colleagues, Müller said, as he did not want to give them the impression of talking down to them and thereby suggesting that “we are enlightened but they have got stuck in the Middle Ages.”

That could seem paternalistic and would therefore be counterproductive,” he added.

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4 comments on “Cardinal Müller denies that CDF received heresy accusations against pope

  1. Ok. In psychology this defense mechanism is called “denial”. Denial does not mean he may be intentionally lying to others, but that he may be lying to himself. We know how fragile the neocons can be. If they accept the truth, either they are afraid of losing human respect or a job. Or even worse, for some, afraid of losing their sanity, if a fundamental premise, such as ” the Pope can do no wrong” is disproved. Everything the person built his beliefs around – the whole system of thinking of a lifetime begin to fall apart. Poor man! How very pathetic! We should have compassion for him. Pray for him…As we should pray for the so many neocons out there.
    But ironically, he reminds me of what Pope Francis condemned. A “closed and judgemental mind” that “doesn’t come down to the peripheries”. Now if Pope Francis were a sincere and psychologically balanced man, he and his CDF cardinal would go out into the real world and see that terrorism and moral errors both of the ghettos with their dysfunctional and failed families and of the false faiths variey, are both intrinsically evil. All Pope Francis has done up to now is glorify non-corporate social structures that fits into his ” class struggle” Marxist analysis.

  2. Well, if His Eminence would only look at the evidence on numerous traditional websites like this one, he would see what he so far refuses to see. As for his remark: “The pope’s espousal of the poor and his unflinching adherence to the fact that theologically the periphery is not the margin but the center [of the church], and that the hope of humankind lies in Jesus Christ and not in the New York Stock Exchange warms my heart” – all I can say is :It certainly does not warm my heart when he does not include the doctrinal basis from the Magisterium for his remarks.

  3. Quote: “A heretic is a Catholic who obstinately denies a revealed truth that the church has declared to be true and that Catholics are obliged to believe.”

    It is NOT a revealed truth of the Catholic faith that Catholics must accept the Communist or totalitarian socialist approach to economics or that they must adjust their lives according to the speculative theory of climate change or global warming hysteria, as dictated by the U.N or other globalist World Federalist bureaucracies or Malthusian secret societies promoting the godless heresy of population control. Progressive modernist theologians who make the claim or who imply that it is a mandate of the Gospel to follow this pontiff in adhering to such political distortions of the faith or any other modernist theologian who subscribes to such crackpot theories are certainly flirting with heresy. It is also not a revealed truth of the Catholic faith that Catholicism is primarily an ideological economic theory in politics rather than a supernatural faith of spiritual salvation. Progressive modernists may wish that the Catholic faith were really about economics, climate change, and this-worldly progressive politics all they want. That doesn’t make it so. Progressive modernists who obstinately misrepresent the faith over and over again, causing confusion and error among the faithful, are certainly heretical.

  4. Cardinal Müller said:
    “The two popes for whom I coordinate the work of the Congregation are different people. That enriches the church.”

    The rot at the top of the conciliar church sadly keeps eating away at traditional Catholic dogma and theology by defending the indefensible, which is modernism and its agents.
    These people like Müller are just as guilty

    Cardinal Müller said:
    ” I am deliberately mentioning Islam as it considers Allah the Creator of all life and praises him as the All Merciful. Whoever believes in God the Merciful in the first sura of the Quran, can only interpret the suras that call for violence against infidels as a human interpretation of the Quran and not God’s will.”

    That right there says it all about the thought process of the conciliar church and its adherents.

    Müller, like every other post conciliar relativst, is trying to legitimize an illegitimate “god” and “religion” by using reason.
    There is no logic to Islam, so no logic can be used to try and legitimize it, at least not to traditional Catholics.

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