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Archbishop Müller: I am not 'conservative opponent' of Pope Francis

February 13, 2014

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has voiced his displeasure about being portrayed as a "conservative opponent“ of Pope Francis on issues such as the role of women and Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics.

Archbishop Gerhard Müller told the German Kathpress news agency that he and the Pope have a strong relationship and share an approach to theological issues. When their public statements have diverged in tone, he said, "they complement each other; they are not contradictory.“

Archbishop Müller, who will soon receive a cardinal’s red hat in a clear sign of the Pope’s approval, has strongly cautioned against proposals from his fellow German bishops for a change in the Church’s teaching that divorced and remarried couples should not receive the Eucharist. The topic is likely to be discussed at length when the Synod of Bishops meets in October.


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  • Posted by: feedback - Feb. 14, 2014 7:53 PM ET USA

    The German Bishops (all Bishops are successors of the Apostles) are to stand for the indissolubility of Christian marriage and for the holiness of the Eucharist as true Presence of Christ. This is very basic Catechism. St. John the Baptist, St. Thomas Moore pray for the Bishops!

  • Posted by: Defender - Feb. 14, 2014 2:10 AM ET USA

    As the German bishops have seemingly ignored the archbishop more than once, it makes the Vatican look indecisive. Why a ton of bricks hasn't fallen on the German bishops is amazing and it only adds to the perception by many that the pope might change the Magisterium.

  • Posted by: abc - Feb. 13, 2014 7:47 PM ET USA

    The idea that the CDF Prefect could be speaking out of his own initiative to contradict the Pope shows how far have gone the illusions of those who expect the Pope to change Church teaching.

  • Posted by: John Holecek - Feb. 13, 2014 6:44 PM ET USA

    Basically, Germany was and still is a pagan state.