Müller: “I Will Never Oppose Pope Francis”

Müller: “I Will Never Oppose Pope Francis”

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11/27/17

Cardinal Gerhard Müller does not agree with “traditionalist groups” who would according to him like to see him as head of a movement against the Pope, “I will never do it”.

Müller told corriere.it (November 26) that he does not allow anyone to exploit his “negative experiences of the last few months” because as a cardinal he is “by nature with the Holy Father”.

Müller repeated that there is a “magic circle” around Francis which is concerned with “spying on alleged opponents” and classifying people as Francis’ friends or enemies. Francis told Müller that he was accused of being an “enemy” what according to Müller is “an absurdity”.

Müller believes that the tensions in the Church are between “an extremist traditionalist front on some websites and an equally exaggerated progressive front”.

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6 comments on “Müller: “I Will Never Oppose Pope Francis”

  1. [On which side is His Eminence; or, Out of which side of his mouth is he speaking?]

    Hat-tip to Church Militant Headlines for 11/27/17: “Vatican’s Former Doctrine Chief Warns of Schism; Cdl. Gerhard Müller says dubia cardinals should not be ignored”

    Müller warns of new division in the church (Google translation)

    Critics like the Dubia cardinals should not be dismissed as hypocrites and grantlers, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller demands. It needs a sincere dialogue – otherwise there is a danger of a split.

    Vatican | Rome – 26.11.2017

    The former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, warned against a split in the Catholic Church. There is a danger that some of the Catholics will disassociate themselves disoriented and disappointed, said Müller the Italian newspaper “Corriere della Sera” (Sunday). The church must draw lessons from the “Protestant schism of Martin Luther” about mistakes to be avoided.

    Müller demanded that the church leadership “listen to those who have serious questions or legitimate complaints, do not ignore them or, worse, humble them”. He himself had been slandered by Pope Francis of anonymous informers “who would have better visited a plumber”. Many like to see him, Müller, at the head of a movement against the pope. As a bishop and cardinal of the Catholic Church, however, he is “by nature on the side of the Holy Father” and “will not allow anyone to exploit my negative experiences of the past few months,” said Müller. The Cardinal had not been renewed after a five-year term at the head of the Congregation of the Faith in July.

    Tension between traditionalist camp and liberal front

    Müller said there was tension between a traditionalist camp “on some websites” and an equally overly liberal front. In both cases, they are minorities. But if the Roman Curia were perceived as unfair, “a schismatic dynamic can get going, which is difficult to capture,” said the cardinal. Thus, the Cardinals, who had expressed questions on the moral teachings of the Pope, and other critics should not be dismissed as hypocrites and grantlers. What is needed is a “clear and honest dialogue”. However, he has the impression that a circle around the Pope “cares mainly about playing the spy against alleged opponents,” said Müller.

    Muller also pleaded that the phase of the church proclaimed by Pope Francis should be over as a “field hospital”. “Today we would rather need a Silicon Valley of the church, we would have to be the Steve Jobs of Faith,” he said, referring to the Apple founder. The “folkloric theology of some monsignori” is just as little as the “too journalistic” theology of others. Necessary is also theology “on an academic level,” said the former Regensburg dogmatist.

    Cardinal Müller also celebrated his 15th anniversary on Sunday with a snack in Regensburg Cathedral. On November 24, 2002, the former dogmatic professor of Munich was consecrated by the Munich Cardinal Friedrich Wetter as Bishop of Regensburg. Müller worked for ten years As a diocesan bishop until Benedikt XVI made him Prefect of the Congregation of the Faith in Rome. Pope Francis eventually elevated Müller to cardinal in 2014.

  2. It’s called riding the fence so that he won’t be canned completely or the following: “In George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984, doublethink is the act of holding, simultaneously, two opposite, individually exclusive ideas or opinions and believing in both simultaneously and absolutely. Doublethink requires using logic against logic or suspending disbelief in the contradiction.:

    www.cliffsnotes.com/cliffsnotes/subjects/literature/in-orwells-1984-what-isdoublethink

  3. The report on the above-mentioned interview from Gloria.TV News for 11/27/17, which I entitle “More ‘non-opposition’ to Pope Francis from Cardinal Muller“:

    Speaking to the Corriere della Sera, Cardinal Müller said that Pope Francis´ popularity is good for the Church. He noticed, however, that this popularity does not motivate people to receive the sacraments nor does it induce non-Catholics to change their wrong beliefs. As an example, Müller named the known Italian politician Emma Bonino, a fan of Francis, who at the same time strongly supports abortion. According to Müller we must be careful not to confuse Francis’ popularity with a renewal of the faith.

    Muller also mentioned a “magic circle” around Francis which is concerned with “spying on alleged opponents”. He named the July dismissal of three collaborators of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Quote: “They were good and competent priests who worked for the Church with exemplary dedication”. He adds: People cannot be dismissed ad libitum, without evidences or trial, on the basis of anonymous letters.

    Cardinal Müller emphasized that Church authorities must listen to those who have serious questions or fair claims without ignoring or, worse, humiliating them. Otherwise, this could encourage disoriented and disappointed Catholics to go into schism. Müller believes that the cardinals who have voiced doubts about Amoris Laetitia, or the 62 signatories of a letter of criticism to the Pope, should be heard. They should not be brushed away as “Pharisees” or grumblers.

    Müller further stressed that a Pope should always listen to arguments before making decisions. According to him a good relationship between the Pope and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will always be the key to a profitable pontificate [sic; Francis ignored the 20-page analysis by the CDF (under Muller’s prefecture) of Amoris Laetitia before its publication and replaced him with a toady-like Jesuit as the new prefect].

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  4. Quote: “Müller believes that the tensions in the Church are between “an extremist traditionalist front on some websites and an equally exaggerated progressive front”.”

    No “equally exaggerated” neo-Catholic modernist centrist front in the indifferent middle on some websites dissembling the ambiguity of Bergoglian situation ethics under the cover of mercy, theology of the body, and the New Evangelization?

  5. Müller: “Today we would rather need a Silicon Valley of the church, we would have to be the Steve Jobs of Faith,”



    Holy Jobs: Go forth and multiply … and divide, and search ye the word processor!

  6. Muller is just another neo-Catholic Conservative who refuses to get his head out of the sand. On the one hand, he wants to think and believe as though the Church were still in the 1950s, and yet on the other hand, yet wants say, well, there may be some problems in the Church but they are not so bad that we should oppose (the apostate) Pope for them.

    Wake up and smell the sulfur!

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