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Cardinal Müller: no tension with Pope

July 03, 2017

Cardinal Müller denied that there had been any conflict between himself and Pope Francis, in an interview with a German newspaper after he was replaced as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

“There were no differences between me and Pope Francis,” Cardinal Müller told Algemeine Zeitung. He dismissed the notion—nearly universal among Vatican reporters—that he was replaced because of persistent differences on theological issues.

The German cardinal said that Pope Francis had decided to end the practice of routinely extending the appointments of Vatican officials beyond their ordinary 5-year terms, and “I happened to be the first one to which this applied.”


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  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Jul. 03, 2017 11:29 PM ET USA

    “It doesn't matter much to me,” Müller said, adding that “at some point, everyone has to stop.” To me that sounds like someone who really does care.

  • Posted by: MatJohn - Jul. 03, 2017 7:39 PM ET USA

    The language of diplomacy beguiles, bothers and bewilders.