As in, “Whatever”…
CDF Head “Cardinal” Müller on the Dubia:
“Cannot get involved in the Dispute”
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In an interview published on Dec. 1, 2016, by the German Dom Radio, the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Destruction of the Faith, “Cardinal” Gerhard Ludwig Muller, has weighed in on the ongoing controversy over Amoris Laetitia, specifically the five “doubts” (dubia) submitted by “Cardinals” Burke, Caffarra, Brandmuller, and Meisner.
Due to time constraints we are not able to translate the entire interview, but we will give you the most important parts:
This letter [of the dubia submitted by the four “cardinals”] was addressed to the Pope himself and contained questions regarding the correct interpretation of Amoris Laetitia. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith cannot get involved in the dispute. It speaks and acts with the authority of the Pope. Its competence concerns the Church’s doctrine on faith and morals. It is the highest apostolic tribunal with regard to delicts against faith and morals as well as against the holiness of the sacraments. The Pope can direct us ad hoc to arbitrate [help reconcile] the dispute.
At the moment it is important for each one of us to stick to the facts and not to allow ourselves to polarize [the controversy] or even fuel it. What matters is that truth be victorious, not that power should triumph…
…At the same time, the Holy Father wants to help marriages and families in crisis to find a path in accordance with the all-merciful will of God. We can certainly take for granted the fact that the just and merciful God always desires our salvation, no matter what hardship we find ourselves in. The Magisterium does not have the power, however, to correct [sic] Divine Revelation or to make the imitation of Christ comfortable.
…It is never permitted to put aside the binding declarations of the Popes, of the Councils of Trent and Vatican II, and of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith regarding the essential marks of matrimony and the condition[s] for the fruitful reception of the sacraments in the state of sanctifying grace, under the pretext that matrimony is only an ideal that can only be attained by the fewest [people].
…In any case, it is not possible to interpret Amoris Laetitia in such a way that would render as no longer valid the prior statements of the Popes and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, including that of their official response to the 1993 Joint Pastoral Letter of the three bishops of the Upper Rhine area [in Germany] regarding the reception of Communion by Catholics in a marriage not recognized by the Church.
(“Wir beteiligen uns nicht am Streit der Meinungen”, domradio.de, Dec. 1, 2016; our translation.)
So now the Novus Ordo Sect has yet another answer that isn’t an answer, and isn’t even meant to be one but yet says plenty. Another mouth has opened, another text has been produced, but ultimately nothing is resolved. In other words, it’s business as usual. “Whatever” is a good way to summarize it all.
The fact that 50+ years after Vatican II, the Modernist Sect will not even unequivocally condemn adultery anymore — with all the consequences that follow from this for reception of the sacraments, etc. — and instead dances around all the issues, never giving a straight answer, says all you need to know.
This never-ending controversy over Amoris Laetitia, which, remember, was supposed to be the document clarifying the official Vatican position on the matters discussed at the two “Synods on the Family” in 2014 and 2015, is dividing even firm Novus Ordo adherents into two camps. You have the Mark Sheas and Steve Kellmeyers on the one side, the Carl Olsons and Tim Haines’ on the other, and the Jimmy Akins and Tim Staples’ still trying to squeeze themselves in between somewhere.
If Francis makes good on the not-so-veiled threat to strip the four “troublemakers” of their Novus Ordo cardinal status, this will add lots more fuel to the fire. That intra-NovusOrdo schism we’ve been predicting for a while now is getting closer and closer to becoming a formal reality.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show: The Vatican II Sect is in the process of demolishing itself.