- Sep 30, 2020
Cardinal Gerhard Muller, the Vatican’s doctrinal czar, said Wednesday that Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics is against Church doctrine and no one, including the pope, can change that. On the same day, the German bishops wrote that Pope Francis’s ‘Amoris Laetitia’ does in fact, open doors to access the sacraments, at least in some circumstances.
German Cardinal Gerhard Muller, the Vatican’s top doctrinal official, has said there’s no need for a “fraternal correction” of Pope Francis, as suggested by American Cardinal Raymond Burke, because the pope’s document “Amoris Laetitia” is clear in its doctrine.
Perhaps no single thing any pope ever does is more consequential than the kinds of bishops and Vatican officials he chooses to appoint, and here’s a rundown of some of the personnel choices Francis may face in 2017.
Despite the insistence of papal allies that everything is clear about ‘Amoris Laetitia’, there’s an important segment of the Church that doesn’t believe that’s true. Whether they’re a minority doesn’t matter – they can’t simply be dismissed, because they include senior figures in the hierarchy.
In front of the Croatian press, the Vatican’s Cardinal Gerhard Muller expressed hope that all the “lies and smears” about Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac, a stumbling block in a relationship between the Catholic Church in Croatia and the Serbian Orthodox Church, will be overcome.
German Cardinal Gerhard Muller, Prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has published a new book saying that the guiding idea of both Popes Benedict XVI and Francis is that the Church orient itself by the Gospel, not the standards of the world.