Print Friendly

The heretic is too orthodox for Francis…

Francis Fires “Cardinal” Müller

[UPDATE 01-JUL-17 14:56 UTC: Francis names “Archbishop” Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer to succeed Muller as head of the Congregation for the Destruction of the Faith]

The Italian web site Corrispondenza Romana reports:

Cardinal Muller dismissed by Pope Francis

His Eminence, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since July 2, 2012, has been dismissed by Pope Francis exactly 5 years after expiration of his term of office.

Cardinal Muller is one of the cardinals who have tried to interpret Amoris Laetitia using a hermeneutic of continuity with Church Tradition. This was enough to count him among the critics of the new path prescribed by Pope Bergoglio.

(“Licenziato da papa Francesco il cardinale Müller”, Corrispondenza Romana, June 30, 2017; our translation.)

This decision was presumably communicated to the heterodox “cardinal” today at the private audience which he had with the “Pope”.

Muller denies the dogmas of Transubstantiation, the Perpetual Virginity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Resurrection of Christ. However, these heresies did not seem sufficient for Francis to keep him in his position as the Novus Ordo “defender of orthodoxy”, as Mr. Muller does oppose adultery, which Francis has said in his exhortation Amoris Laetitia may sometimes be “what God himself is asking” of the individual (“Pope” Francis, Amoris Laetitia, n. 303).

The question now becomes: Who will succeed Muller? Rumors abound, and the names of possible candidates include “Archbishop” Manuel Fernandez, “Cardinal” Christoph Schonborn, and “Cardinal” Oscar Rodriguez-Maradiaga.