- May 28, 2020
At a conference Thursday marking the 10th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s decree liberalizing use of the Latin Mass, the meeting organizer, Father Vincenzo Nuara, didn’t even mention Francis in his opening remarks. The current pope was mentioned in passing by the second speaker, and ignored entirely by the third.
Cardinal Gerhard Müller, until recently the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, spoke about a recent report that found 547 former members of the Regensburg Domspatzen boys choir were abused, including 67 cases of sexual violence. As former diocesan archbishop, he began the investigations into the allegations, which first surfaced in 2010.
Monsignor Giacomo Morandi, 51, is the new second in command at the Pontifical Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Pope Francis appointed the Italian Biblicist with ties to the Gregorian University in Rome after the former deputy of the congregation, Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, was made prefect of the congregation.
Allegations involving the Domspatzen choir in Regensburg, which was run for 30 years by Benedict’s elder brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, were among a spate of revelations of abuse by Catholic clergy in Germany that emerged in 2010. A new report investigating the abuse counted 500 cases of physical violence and 67 of sexual violence, committed by a total of 49 perpetrators.
Cardinal Gerhard Müller has denied claims that, before informing him that his term as head of the Vatican’s doctrine office would not be renewed, Pope Francis asked him his stance on women’s ordination to the diaconate and priesthood, the repeal of celibacy, the exhortation on the family Amoris Laetitia and the dismissal of three employees.
It’s easy to construe the departure of German Cardinal Gerhard Müller as the Vatican’s doctrinal chief as an ideological purge, but there are several problems with that perspective, including the fact his replacement is nobody’s idea of a flaming liberal.