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Card. Muller on “Doubts” of the four Cardinals: unbreakable marriage bond as basis of teaching.
(Kard. Muller o „Wątpliwościach” czterech kardynałów: nierozerwalność małżeństwa podstawą nauczania)
The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith commented on the letter of the four cardinals asking Pope Francis to clarify doubts on certain points of the Amoris laetitia. Card. Gerhard Ludwig Müller said that the exhortation should not be interpreted as if the teaching of earlier Popes and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith about the divorced and remarried, were of no importance (Ed note. not actual) . The prelate pointed to the unequivocal position on this issue by Pope Benedict XVI, and then Cardinal. Joseph Ratzinger in 1993.
For now, the Vatican will not respond to a letter from the four cardinals, which are asking from the Pope greater transparency regarding the divorced and remarried. – The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith acts and speaks with Papal authority and cannot participate in a conflict of views – said the prefect Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller. In an interview with the Austrian Catholic agency “Kathpress”, he pointed out that in this respect, there is a “risk of polarization.”
Card. Müller pointed out that the letter to the pope is personal. He noted that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith may seek to mitigate the controversy, since it is responsible for all issues concerning faith and morals.
In the letter entitled “Dubia [pl. Doubts]- In search of explanations: the call to dissipate the uncertainties in Amoris laetitia, “Cardinals: American Raymond Leo Burke, Germany – Walter Brandmüller and Joachim Meisner and Italy Carlo Caffarra expressed doubts on certain points of the papal exhortation, i.e. that now you can in some cases grant absolution and consequently allow for Holy Communion to those who have ended validly marriages, and now they live with another person and have sex relations. The Cardinals emphasized that the aim of the initiative is to “continue the reflection and discussion” with “the whole people of God.” The letter was sent to the hands of not only the Pope, but likewise to Cardinal. Müller.
In an interview with the “Kathpress”, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has called for a more objective debate on Amoris laetitia. At the moment it is important for each of us to remain objective and not lead to polarization, and especially not to inflame the matter further. – said the Cardinal. Müller.
The question most in dispute is the point whether, after Amoris laetitia, people who have terminated a valid marriage and are now living with another person, in reasonable individual cases may be admitted to Holy Communion, Cardinal Müller did not answer directly. He stressed, however, that the exhortation (AL) should not be interpreted as if the teachings of earlier Popes and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the subject were no longer binding. (Wazne = in force or binding)
He recalled an official response to the pastoral letter of the Congregation to the three German bishops in 1993, pertaining to the reception of communion by divorced people living in new relationships. Then the Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the then Prefect of the Congregation, rejected the bishops, who were in favor of the possibility of Communion, in some cases, to divorced people living in new relationships.
– The indissolubility of marriage must be the unshakable foundation of the teaching for every pastoral accompaniment – emphasized the Cardinal. Müller pointing out that “Francis wants all of the marriages and families that are in crisis, to find help, in a manner according to the will of the merciful God.”
Card. Müller also rejected reports that in Vatican, there are supposedly being fought tough battles. – The rumors and stereotypes about the behind the scenes power struggles behind the high walls of the Vatican, between the reformers and the stalwarts, show just how rotten is the thinking and perception of the world, as it relates to power. It is about the victory of truth, and not about the triumph of power – said the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
UPDATE: 01:30 2 December 2016
Now that the Card. Muller interview is filtering into the wider Church, I am posting commentary from Steve Skojec at the One Peter Five post.
The link is here, which I am providing for your information.
UPDATE 2: 02:30 2 December 2016
Here is the commentary from Deacon Nick Donnelly via EWTN (see here), with which I concur. I think his interpretation is OBJECTIVELY CORRECT.
During the interview Cardinal Müller signals as strongly as he can in the circumstances that he is on the side of the four cardinals who submitted the dubia to Pope Francis. He does this by going out of his way to emphasise that Amoris Laetitia must be interpreted according to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church concerning the reception of Holy Communion by the divorced and remarried members of the faithful (1994). This definitive reiteration of the Church’s magisterial doctrine on communion for the divorced and remarried was an explicit correction of the main architect of Amoris Laetitia’s “innovative” approach to the issue, Cardinal Kasper. Cardinal Müller has just stated categorically that Amoris Laetitia cannot introduce any change to the Church’s doctrine and pastoral practice.
UPDATE 3: 03:00 2 December 2016
More clarity… (see here)
The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has said that he will not respond to the dubia submitted by four cardinals about the interpretation of Amoris Laetitia, unless Pope Francis instructs him to do so.