Ratzinger Rehabilitates Müller. But the Pope Emeritus Himself Is Being Hit with Accusations of Heresy

Ratzinger Rehabilitates Müller. But the Pope Emeritus Himself Is Being Hit with Accusations of Heresy

Sandro Magister – 1/2/18

“You defended the clear traditions of the faith, but in the spirit of Pope Francis you also sought to understand how they can be lived today.”

This is the praise that “pope emeritus” Benedict XVI bestows on Cardinal Gerhard L. Müller in the opening of the volume published in Germany on the occasion of the cardinal’s 70th birthday and the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.

Last July 1 Pope Francis brusquely dismissed Müller from the position of prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, after repeatedly demonstrating that he did not appreciate his vigilance over the doctrinal correctness of his own magisterium.

But he should not give up because of this, Joseph Ratzinger now writes to him. Because even without a specific office anymore, “a priest, and certainly a bishop and a cardinal, is never simply in retirement.” On the contrary: “you will be able to continue in the future to serve the faith publicly,” especially in these “confused times in which we live.” A service that in effect Müller is already performing with untiring dedication.

Ratzinger credits his cardinal friend with having carried out his role as prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith in the right way, meaning that he combined theological expertise with the “wisdom” of someone who has “well in view the whole life” of the Church.

And he observes, in this regard:

“I think for example that in the liturgical reform some things would have been different if the last word had not been left to the experts, but there had also been wisdom in judging.”

One could cite here other significant passages of the “greeting” that Benedict XVI addresses to his cardinal friend in the book in his honor. But it is his whole text that deserves to be read.

Here is a translation of it in English.

It will be noted that Ratzinger goes on at length about his own work as a theologian and cites authors like Karl Rahner and Bernard Häring on whom – just like on himself – whole generations of theologians and pastors have been formed.

Curiously, however, the publication of these recollections of his, in the book in honor of Cardinal Müller, coincided with the emergence of a frontal theological attack, of unprecedented harshness, precisely against Ratzinger as theologian.

The attack in recent days on Ratzinger as theologian comes in a book just off the press that has as its author Enrico Maria Radaelli, known as the most faithful disciple of Romano Amerio (1905-1997), the Swiss philosopher who in 1985 published in “Iota Unum” the most systematic and detailed accusation against the Catholic Church of the second half of the twentieth century, for having subverted the foundations of doctrine in the name of modern subjectivism.

Radaelli’s book is entitled “Al cuore di Ratzinger. Al cuore del mondo,” and is published “pro manuscripto” by Aurea Domus, the publisher that is owned by the author himself, from which it can be bought via e-mail, as well as from a few bookstores in Rome and Milan.

What led Radaelli to the decision to accuse Ratzinger’s theology of being subversive as well was the reading and analysis of his best-known and most widely read theological work, that “Introduction to Christianity” which, published for the first time in 1968, later went through dozens of editions and numerous translations, down to our own day.

Now, what is most most striking is that Radaelli has not found himself alone in demolishing Ratzinger’s theological framework, because he received immediate support from a theologian and philosopher among the most decorated, Monsignor Antonio Livi, dean emeritus of the faculty of philosophy of the Pontifical Lateran University, a pontifical academic and president of the International Science and Commonsense Association.

In Livi’s judgment as well, in fact, Ratzinger and his theology potentially contributed to the rise to power, meaning to an ever more hegemonic role in the seminaries, in the pontifical universities, on the doctrinal commissions, in the curia dicasteries and at the highest levels of the hierarchy up to the papacy, of what he calls “the modernist theology with its evident heretical drift.”

From this it can be gathered that Francis is not the only pope who today is the target of a “correctio” for heresy, because not even his predecessor “emeritus” is sheltered from this anymore.

Both Radaelli and Livi are among the first signers of the “correctio” addressed to Pope Francis last summer. And now also of that against Benedict XVI.

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One comment on “Ratzinger Rehabilitates Müller. But the Pope Emeritus Himself Is Being Hit with Accusations of Heresy

  1. This is a VERY good sign. Now that many are seeing heresy in Francis’ writings, they’re recognizing that it didn’t just come out of nowhere. Hopefully Ratzinger will get a good examination. Maybe then, someday, Wojtyla. NewChurch will all come crumbling down, eventually. People will finally realize that novel-speak, i.e., all the new terminology and praxis of the Vatican II Church, is not a safe means of maintaining the faith. When one doesn’t “say it” the way the great ones said it before, then one inevitably drifts away from the true faith.

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