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Jan 21, 2014
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Top papal ally urges Vatican doctrine chief Müller to loosen up

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(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.

Jan 20, 2014

Top pope ally urges Vatican doctrine chief to loosen up

PARIS, Jan 20 (Reuters) – 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 Mueller – 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.

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Religious groups face increased hostility and limits worldwide – Pew report

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(A man walks out from a mosque burned down in recent anti-Muslim violence in Rakhine state in Myanmar, October 3, 2013.  REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun )

Violence and discrimination against religious groups by governments and rival faiths have reached new highs in all regions of the world except the Americas, according to a new Pew Research Center report.