- Sep 18, 2020
Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, opened the conference marking the 50th anniversary of Blessed Paul VI’s encyclical “Populorum Progressio,” a social encyclical on development.
Abuse survivor Marie Collins, who quit a papal anti-abuse commission citing resistance to reform from the Roman Curia, has written an open letter to the Vatican’s doctrine czar saying “No longer can dysfunction be kept hidden behind institutional closed doors.”
When abuse survivor Marie Collins resigned last week from the pope’s anti-abuse advisory board she cited the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s failure to implement a tribunal for trying bishops who cover up abuse. But was that idea actually scrapped, or simply modified to achieve the same result?
German Cardinal Gerhard Muller, whose Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was cited by abuse survivor Marie Collins as part of the reason for her resignation from Pope Francis’s anti-abuse commission, has fired back, saying it’s time to drop the “cliche” of a reforming pope being hobbled by internal opposition in the Vatican.
Italian Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, who heads a Vatican office for the interpretation of Church law, says that as far as he’s concerned, there’s no legal confusion about the meaning of Pope Francis’s document ‘Amoris Laetitia’ and its implications for access to Communion.
From the in-the-trenches perspective of a pastor, the welter of competing guidelines and interpretations of ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is a mess. Why can’t the pope reaffirm timeless Catholic teaching, and set to work to revise the rules for annulments to reflect contemporary pastoral realities?