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Cardinal Müller criticizes draft plan for reorganizing Roman Curia

May 06, 2019

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CWN Editor's Note: Cardinal Gerhard Müller has sharply criticized a draft of the proposed apostolic constitution that would restructure the offices of the Vatican. In an interview with the German newspaper Passauer Neue Presse, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said that the document as it stands is “a conglomeration of subjective individual ideas, pious wishes, and moral pleas...” He argued that the central problem with the draft is that it makes the Secretariat of State the most powerful office, dealing with secular affairs. The Roman Curia serves the Pope, whose duty is to unite the world’s bishops, he said. “To now give today priority to the secular tasks over the spiritual mission is a mistake that urgently needs to be avoided.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - May. 06, 2019 6:40 PM ET USA

    Fr. Weinandy said: "Without doctrine and moral teaching, 'there is no evangelization...What may be proclaimed would simply be empty words that do not bring life--here on earth and forever in heaven. It would be contrary to the Church's whole evangelistic tradition--beginning with the Apostles themselves. ...Doctrines are not sterile and lifeless dead letters from a bygone age, but the very life-giving heart of the Church...They are the Spirit-filled truths...that give life, beauty and joy...'"