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Cardinal Müller calls for full publication of Synod talks

October 09, 2014

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has argued for the public release of addresses to the Synod of Bishops.

In the past the Vatican issued the texts of speeches delivered by bishops participating in the Synod. But this year, in a change of policy, the Vatican press office is offering only general summaries of the discussions, without identifying the prelates who made particular points.

“These interventions should be published as before,” Cardinal Gerhard Müller said. “All Christians have the right to be informed about the interventions by their bishops.”

Officials of the Synod set the new policy for this year in response to the call of Pope Francis for a free discussions within the Synod assembly. In theory, confidential discussions will allow the bishops to speak without constraint.


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  • Posted by: feedback - Oct. 11, 2014 3:06 PM ET USA

    "All Christians have the right to be informed about the interventions by their bishops." This sounds dramatic, like the "rights of all Christians" are about to be violated. But all Christians have the right to hear clearly the unchanging and unchangeable teachings of Christ officially proclaimed by the Church, and not the noise of a bunch of different personal opinions piled up over the actual teachings of the Magisterium. There are no "real" alternatives to the real Christian Doctrine.

  • Posted by: ILM - Oct. 10, 2014 12:15 PM ET USA

    Publishing those addresses will only increase dissention and the belief that the Church is or should be a democracy.

  • Posted by: koinonia - Oct. 09, 2014 8:43 PM ET USA

    Thank you Cardinal Muller. The rights of baptized Christians have for some time been disregarded for some time. In the abuse scandal this disregard has been spectacularly abyssmal. Cardinal Muller is on to something, and it is good news to hear him defending the faith and defending the rights of Christians. Unfortunately, it might not be best for him personally. As the Vatican Press office is "caught offguard" yet again, perhaps the more vigilant, controlled approach is a bit misplaced.