Top papal ally urges Vatican doctrine chief Müller to loosen up

January 21, 2014

(Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller at the Vatican on March 11, 2010.  REUTERS/Tony Gentile )

An influential aide to Pope Francis criticised the Vatican’s doctrinal watchdog on Monday and urged the conservative prelate to be more flexible about reforms being discussed in the Roman Catholic Church.

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, the head of a “kitchen cabinet” the pope created to draw up reform proposals, said that Archbishop Gerhard Müller – who has opposed any loosening of Church rules on divorce – was a classic German theology professor who thought too much in rigid black-and-white terms.

“The world isn’t like that, my brother,” Rodriguez said in a German newspaper interview, rhetorically addressing Müller in a rare public criticism among senior Church figures.

“You should be a bit flexible when you hear other voices, so you don’t just listen and say, ‘here is the wall’,” Rodriguez said in an interview with the daily Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger.

Rodriguez, archbishop of the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa, did not cite any possible reforms in particular but said the pope’s critics, such as those upset by his attacks on capitalism, were “people who don’t understand reality.”

Former Pope Benedict picked Müller in 2012 to head the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), the successor office to the Inquisition. Benedict ran that office as a powerful and feared guardian of Church orthodoxy for 24 years as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, until he was elected pope in 2005.

But its influence has waned under Francis, who soon after his March 2013 election was reported as telling visiting South American priests and nuns not to worry if the CDF wrote to them criticising what they were doing.
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Maradiaga should learn some respect and not chastise another Prelate publicly. He is ‘kitchen cabinet’ – no more no less….

Posted by flores | Report as abusive

Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller is a faithful servant. Jesus said, Peter upon this Rock I will build ‘My Church’ and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.
This is exactly what Jesus meant about certain people, even within His Church will try and change His Doctrine.
If this article quoted Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga correctly, it appears that the Good Archbishop Muller should have the ‘Red’ cap instead of Cardinal Maradiaga.

Posted by IntellectOne | Report as abusive

What part of Romans 12:2 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA) — “And be not conformed to this world; but be reformed in the newness of your mind, that you may prove what is the good, and the acceptable, and the perfect will of God” — do they not understand?

Our Jewish bretheran called this backsliding. Stand with Him, Archbishop Gerhard Müller, and the Church Militant.

Posted by Thomas2014 | Report as abusive

What part of be in the world but not of the world do they not understand? Fr Mueller is correct. Sacramental marriage is indelible, indissoluble save for till death do they part. May they allow chaste unmarried victims of a civil divorce to receive Holy Communion? That question could be answered.

Posted by Thomas2014 | Report as abusive