Cardinal Müller Calls Cardinal Parolin a “Modernist”

Cardinal Müller Calls Cardinal Parolin a “Modernist”

[Background from Catholic World News for February 20, 2018 – AQ moderator Tom]

Cardinal Müller rejects idea of ‘paradigm shift’ in Catholic doctrine

Cardinal Gerhard Müller rejects the notion of a “paradigm shift” in Church teaching, in an essay for First Things.

In an unusual public disagreement among prominent cardinals, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith takes issue with the use of a term (“paradigm shift”) that was used by the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, with reference to Amoris Laetitia. Cardinal Müller says that term “seems to be a relapse into a modernist and subjectivist way of interpreting the Catholic faith.”

In his First Things essay the German cardinal reflects on Cardinal Newman’s teaching regarding the development of Catholic doctrine. He explains that the organic development of Church teaching precludes a dramatic change. A “paradigm shift” in Church teaching suggests a break from fidelity to the sources of apostolic teaching, such as occurred with the Protestant Reformation, he writes. Thus he argues against those who interpret Amoris Laetitia to “advance positions contrary to the constant teaching of the Catholic Church, by effectively denying that adultery is always a grave objective sin…”

Cardinal Müller explains his insistence on the continuity of Church teaching:

“When ‘pastoral change’ becomes a term by which some express their agenda to sweep aside the Church’s teaching as if doctrine were an obstacle to pastoral care, then speaking up in opposition is a duty of conscience.” – 2/20/18
To speak about “paradigm shift” is a “relapse into a modernist and subjectivist way of interpreting the Catholic faith”, writes Cardinal Gerhard Müller on (February 20).

In the recent past Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, and Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich invoked a “paradigm shift” regarding Amoris Laetitia.

Müller noticed that interpretations of Amoris Laetitia do not become orthodox by the claim that they are in conformity with Francis’ presumed intentions, rather, “They are orthodox only if they agree with the words of Christ preserved in the deposit of faith.”

The Cardinal admonishes that opposing things is a duty of conscience when the term “pastoral change” is used as a tool in order to sweep aside the Church’s teaching “as if doctrine were an obstacle to pastoral care”.

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One comment on “Cardinal Müller Calls Cardinal Parolin a “Modernist”

  1. Someone should make sure that the google-eyed mellonhead at the IMF gets this news. Interdicting a Cardinal might be a tad more delicate an operation to carry out than depriving Raymond Arroyo of the Sacraments but in that bankster flak’s mind, all things are possible with Jorge. Ole!

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