Fra. Cristoforo: ‘Cardinal Müller told Dubia Cardinals Formal Correction would risk Schism’
Once again breaking news in Novus Ordo Land: The Roman Novus Ordo cleric who goes by the pen name of Fra. Cristoforo (“Bro. Christopher”) has just published some additional information about the four “dubia cardinals” (Caffara, Brandmuller, Meisner, and Burke) and why the previously announced “formal correction of the Pope” has been scrapped.
Last week, after Fra. Cristoforo had revealed that the formal correction was not going to happen, Vatican journalist Edward Pentin sent out some tweets (see here and here) contradicting the claim, saying that the information was not correct and the formal correction was “still on.” Fra. Cristoforo, however, stuck by his initial report and reaffirmed that the act of correction had been canceled.
Minutes ago, Fra. Cristoforo published additional information: The reason why the formal correction has been canceled is that “Cardinal” Gerhard Ludwig Muller had exhorted the “dubia cardinals” not to go ahead with it, otherwise they would run the risk of causing a schism. Here is the relevant excerpt from Fra. Cristoforo:
My source told me that the one who has appealed to the four cardinals to be prudent was [Gerhard Ludwig] Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In fact, in the meeting that the four had, Muller was present too. The call for prudence about the publication of the correction rests on something that Müller said at that meeting: “You have to choose the lesser evil. If you publish the correction, you risk schism.”
(Fra. Cristoforo, “ECCO IL MOTIVO per cui i 4 Cardinali hanno deciso di NON procedere con la correzione formale”, Anonimi della Croce, Mar. 20, 2017; our translation.)
Considering the gravity of the subject matter, it is debatable which is in fact the lesser evil here (and Fra. Cristoforo says as much in the remainder of his post), but at the end of the day, it is all six of one and half a dozen of the other: Whether you have the Modernist Sect with or without Francis, whether you have it with or without an open acceptance of adultery, it is a false church either way. (Remember, Muller himself is as bad of a Modernist as it gets.)
As we warned back in 2014, the greatest risk is that, should a schism occur, the “conservative” side will succumb to the illusion that they have seen through the deception, when in fact they have simply fallen victim to it more than ever before:
- How Long until Schism? The Vatican II Church on the Brink of Chaos
- See also: The Trouble with Jorge: Semi-Trads at the Breaking Point
In any case, what would a “formal correction” ultimately amount to, anyway? Don’t expect much more than a document signed by the four “dubia cardinals” (and maybe some others) that points out various errors in Amoris Laetitia and refutes them with various pronouncements of the Catholic Magisterium (i.e. pre-Vatican II) and the pre-Francis Novus Ordo magisterium, and then it would probably simply say that the faithful ought to pray for the “Holy Father”, who is quite confused.