Modernist Muller plays Catholic for a while…
“Cardinal” Gerhard Ludwig Müller issues “Manifesto of Faith” in apparent Swipe at Francis
The former Prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Destruction of the Faith (2012-2017), “Cardinal” Gerhard Ludwig Muller, has released a four-page document entitled Manifesto of Faith: “Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled!” (Jn 14:1), dated Feb. 10, 2019. The document has been published in as many as seven languages:
Muller’s Manifesto of Faith is essentially a brief summary of the official beliefs of the Novus Ordo religion, supported by copious references, most of them to the Modernist Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). Muller begins by explaining his motive in issuing this Manifesto:
In the face of growing confusion about the doctrine of the Faith, many bishops, priests, religious and lay people of the Catholic Church have requested that I make a public testimony about the truth of revelation. It is the shepherds’ very own task to guide those entrusted to them on the path of salvation. This can only succeed if they know this way and follow it themselves.
The text is filled with apparent swipes at Francis; at least it touches upon many things Francis has denied, de-emphasized, or called into question. For example:
The mediation of faith is inextricably bound up with the human credibility of its messengers, who in some cases have abandoned the people entrusted to them, unsettling them and severely damaging their faith. Here the Word of Scripture describes those who do not listen to the truth and who follow their own wishes, who flatter their ears because they cannot endure sound doctrine (cf. 2 Tim 4:3-4).
…it is understood that divorced and civilly remarried persons, whose sacramental marriage exists before God, as well as those Christians who are not in full communion with the Catholic Faith and the Church, … are not disposed to receive the Holy Eucharist fruitfully (CCC 1457), because it does not bring them to salvation. To point this out corresponds to the spiritual works of mercy.
Unfortunately, Muller never mentions Francis by name and does not accuse him of being a heretic. That’s a serious flaw in the document because Francis loves to play this kind of psychological peek-a-boo, where each side covertly accuses the other but without ever actually saying so plainly. The result is that everybody has to read between the lines. Bergoglio did the same thing in response to “Abp.” Carlo Vigano’s testimonies of accusation. He preached homilies in which the “great accuser” persecuted the “humble shepherd”, and people had to fill in the blanks. Everybody got the message, but it was silly. Now it looks like we’re going for another round.
Towards the end of his Manifesto, Muller writes:
To keep silent about these and the other truths of the Faith and to teach people accordingly is the greatest deception against which the Catechism vigorously warns. It represents the last trial of the Church and leads man to a religious delusion, “the price of their apostasy” (CCC 675); it is the fraud of Antichrist.
It’s nice to see that Mr. Muller still remembers the concepts of apostasy and Antichrist. Unfortunately, few people in the world have contributed more to the great religious delusion currently underway than Muller himself. Unlike what the conservative Novus Ordo and even some semi-trad web sites will lead you to believe, Muller is by no means an orthodox Catholic. He studied theology under the infamous “Cardinal” Karl Lehmann (1936-2018), who in turn had been a student of the notorious Modernist Fr. Karl Rahner (1904-1984).
Muller lives and breathes the “New Theology” (Nouvelle Theologie) that emerged beginning in the 1930s, was condemned by Pope Pius XII, and became the official theology of the Second Vatican Council. He endorses the liberation theology of Gustavo Gutierrez, and he is on record denying the dogmas of Transubstantiation, the Perpetual Virginity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Bodily Resurrection of Christ, as the following links demonstrate:
- The Heresies of “Cardinal” Muller, Part 1: Denial of Transubstantiation
- Gerhard Ludwig Muller denies Perpetual Virginity of Mary
- Deniers of the Resurrection: Walter Kasper, Gerhard Muller, Joseph Ratzinger
We recall also that Muller has defended Francis’ Amoris Laetitia and, in October 2015, had himself put forward the idea that unrepentant adulterers could be admitted to Holy Communion “in extreme individual cases”. He has repeatedly said, even after Francis effectively fired him, that there is no problem between him and Francis and that he is not an ememy of this “Pope”.
In short: Muller is not going to save the Vatican II Church — he is part of the problem.
What precisely the former CDF head thinks his Manifesto will truly accomplish, is unclear. It may be predicted that, other than generating some momentary headlines and getting everybody excited for a few days, there will simply be no real or lasting impact in the long run. Francis will simply ignore the text and dispatch his lackeys as needed either to attack Muller or the Manifesto. We’ve seen this before. If push comes to shove and Francis is asked about the matter directly, he will simply say that it’s a great text and that he’s grateful to Muller for having written it. Francis is a master manipulator.
After five dubia, a refutation, a declaration, a “filial correction”, a threatened “fraternal correction”, and countless open letters, articles, conferences, interviews, and petitions, the Muller Manifesto is now the latest installment in the ongoing soap opera that is the “papacy” of the apostate Jesuit Jorge Bergoglio.
One thing is certain: It won’t be the last one.