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A conservative German cardinal close to Benedict attacks Pope Francis with a new book

Francis With Cardinal Gerhard Müller In 2014

Francisco with Cardinal Gerhard Müller in 2014 – credit: @Andrew Medichini

ROME.- When only a few weeks are left to come Tenth Anniversary of the Pontificate of Pope FrancisIn another believable reflection that many are preparing for the conclave that will have to choose its successor, it will go on sale next week. New book by conservative German cardinal Gerhard Müller.

It’s another attack on the Pope after the archbishop’s controversial book George GansweinThe scathingly anonymous “memorandum” circulated by Benedict’s personal secretary and influential Australian cardinal, George Pell, as it became known after his recent and unexpected death.

New Book By Cardinal Gerhard Müller

New book by Cardinal Gerhard Müller

,I’ve never done anything wrong to Pope Francis and God is witness, Because of my harshness, the media classified me as a cardinal against the current Pope, but this is not true, it is a lie”, says 75-year-old theologian Müller. very close to joseph ratzinger, in the preface to “In Good Faith”, a book in which, however, he shoots thick ammunition. And he is concerned about the growing doctrinal confusion undermining the Catholic Church.

Interview by famous Italian Vaticanist Franca Giansolati from Roman newspaper CourierMüller, Archbishop of Regensburg, who was called by Pope Benedict XVI to be prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in Rome in 2012, was deeply offended when Francis did not renew his mandate in 2017. After completing his five-year term as the “custodian” of the doctrine.

Orthodox German Cardinal Gerhard Müller

Orthodox German Cardinal Gerhard Müller – credit: @Franco Origlia

Without warning or explanation, the Pope told him: “You have completed your term, thank you for your work”, account in the book, to which LA NACION had access. Despite the fact that he was appointed by Benedict and that he had made it clear in previous years and especially during the Synod on the Challenges of the Family His opposition to any pastoral opening regarding divorced and remarried or same-sex couples, Müller did not expect the Pope to relieve him. and to appoint in his place, immediately, a Spanish Jesuit Louis Ladaria.

Pope Francis Arrives In A Wheelchair Next To The Casket Of Australian Cardinal George Pell During A Funeral Service At St Peter'S Basilica In The Vatican.

Pope Francis arrives in a wheelchair next to the casket of Australian Cardinal George Pell during the funeral service at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican – Credit: @VINCENZO PINTO

Müller, who was made a cardinal by Francis in 2014 after he had to give up his post as prefect of the CDF, stayed in Rome without any other relevant ceremony, living in the same apartment where Joseph Ratzinger lived for 20 years , full of books of all types and languages ​​and devoting themselves to deliver conferences around the world. His friend lived in the same building, Australian Cardinal Pell, recently deceased and who may succeed George Bergoglio as the new spokesman for the conservative front.

Müller denounced in the book that he was not the only one to be thrown out by the Pope from one day to the next, “without justification”, He talks about other matters and regrets that “this mode of operation This has caused considerable concern within the Vatican in recent years.” This includes the case of an Italian bishop who does not identify, Fired because he disagreed with anti-Covid rules, something that defines “comparable work”.

The end of his mandate in the CDF – which set him on fire – may have been due to the influence on the Pope of his theologian friend Victor Manuel Fernández, archbishop of La Plata, “who spoke openly to him about the demand – for the papacy”. – to send me home because I had corrected him while clearly superior to myself”.

“Perhaps some Latin American theologians have never ceased to suffer a poorly disguised inferiority complex, to European theologians as old corpses, a bit medieval, dusty and even out of date”, he explains beyond his friendship with Peruvian theologian Gustavo Gutiérrez, who is considered the father of Liberation Theology.

Orthodox German Cardinal Gerhard Müller

Orthodox German Cardinal Gerhard Müller – credit: @Franco Origlia

When commenting on other decisions and appointments, Müller goes further to denounce the existence of a “The Magic Circle That Goes Around Santa Marta made up of people who, for me, are not prepared from a theological point of view”.

Although he admits that one cannot speak of a “dictatorship”, he condemns a heavy climate in the Vatican, in which Cardinals cannot express themselves in communion and in which “anyone who criticizes constructively is accused of being in opposition and an enemy of Francis.,

He speaks badly of the apostolic constitution “Preach the Gospel”, which greatly reformed the Roman Curia, in force since the previous year. For them, the title of the document produced with “little presence of theologians” is also incorrect. He considers it “crazy” that he has eliminated the word “congregation” and uses the word “decastroy” and admits that “everything” seems “inconsistent” to him. He also criticized the currently ongoing Synod on Synod, which his friend Pell defined in a posthumous article “A Poisonous Nightmare”.

“For me, what is a democratization, is a real Protestantization,” he said.

With regard to his handling of the clergy abuse scandal, the German cardinal accused Francis of treating in a special way the Argentine bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, who had been convicted of sex abuse in Argentina. “Zanchetta was able to enjoy a privileged position as a friend of the Pope”.I assure

Just as Father Georg Ganswein revealed a few weeks ago that the limits on the old Latin Mass set by Francis had “broken” the heart of Benedict, Pope Emeritus, Müller criticizes the decision, which is expected to take place in July 2021. was done with the decree. The negative impact, it was unexpected and for the conservatives it was like getting a slap in the face. The prohibition to resort to this form of worship has dug graves, caused pain”, he laments.

Like Pell in his “Memorandum”, he defends the Italian Cardinal Angelo Baccio, who is being prosecuted by the Vatican court for embezzlement. “He has been humiliated and punished in front of the world without being given a chance to defend himself”he claims.

As the opposition usually does. Reconciliation with China also criticizedThe provisional agreement signed for the appointment of bishops and, above all, the “lack of clarity” on various issues.

“Unfortunately, some of Pope Francis’ positions have not always been clear and have contributed to the blurring of the issue. For example, in confronting President Trump, the pontiff has said that It is not Christian to build a dividing wall between Mexico and the United States, Obviously we all agree. But then-President Joe Biden, a staunch supporter of abortion, is allowed communion to avoid direct confrontation with the White House. it’s a contradiction“, he cries.

Apparently composed before Benedict’s death (on 31 December), the book also has a chapter on the unprecedented coexistence that existed until then between an acting pope and a retired pope. and Mueller explains it He does not at all agree with the idea that a pontiff resigns and retires. “I expect that the case of Benedict XVI will become a personal and extraordinary affair. And at that time I advised Pope Francis not to follow that path, but Because of his character, in the end he always does the opposite of what he is told,

A faithful reflection of the atmosphere that reigned in Rome, where everyone tries to position themselves for what is to come, sooner or later, Giansolti explains in the preface that the vision of Müller, the guardian of the doctrine, “a Looks like a compass, understand on what basis the next conclave will proceed in future”.

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