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CDF prefect pays tribute to St. Pius V

May 02, 2013

Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, paid tribute to Pope St. Pius V (1566-72) on the saint’s feast day.

St. Pius V sought “most of all to protect the faith of the simple both in doctrine and in discipline,” said Archbishop Müller. “He defended the Church and the good of the Christian people with all his strength.”

St. Pius “sought to strengthen the unity of the faith through the reform and unification of the liturgy,” Archbishop Müller added, “and still today one can celebrate the Eucharist with his Missal.”

The saintly Pope “was not willing to negotiate the faith because he knew that any compromise of the faith of the apostles would be a direct threat to that gift which Jesus prayed for so much and for which he offered his life: the unity of his disciples,” he continued. “Where the faith of the apostles is alive and where the visible unity of the Church is realized, witnesses are born.”


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  • Posted by: Niklas - May. 03, 2013 3:38 AM ET USA

    Lord, give us a saintly pope!