The former head of the Vatican’s doctrine office has accused fellow German bishops of giving up on the New Evangelization. Despairing of Christianity’s role in the contemporary world, they are watering down doctrine so the Church can survive. Those who disagree are punished.
“The faithful who take Catholic doctrine seriously are branded as conservative and pushed out of the Church, and exposed to the defamation campaign of the liberal and anti-Catholic media,” Cardinal Gerhardt Müller told Catholic World Report.
Appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012, Müller was the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith before he was dismissed last July by Pope Francis. In a recent interview, he told CWR that there are German bishops who want to lead the Church into “modernity,” seeing St. John Paul II’s call to convert the world as a losing battle.
“One group of German bishops, with their president in the lead, see themselves as trendsetters of the Catholic Church on the march into modernity,” he said.
The president of the German Bishops Conference is Cardinal Reinhard Marx.
“[These bishops] consider the secularization and de-Christianization of Europe as an irreversible development,” Cardinal Müller continued. “For this reason the New Evangelization—the program of John Paul II and Benedict XVI—is in their view a battle against the objective course of history, resembling Don Quixote’s battle against the windmills.”
Their solution? Capitulation to the world.
“They are seeking for the Church a niche where it can survive in peace,” said Müller. “Therefore all the doctrines of the faith that are opposed to the “mainstream,” the societal consensus, must be reformed.”
He explained that this is why some German bishops are demanding Holy Communion for non-Catholics and Catholics in mortal sin. Also on the agenda, Cardinal Müller revealed, are a host of other radical departures from the faith, such as “a blessing for homosexual couples, intercommunion with Protestants, relativizing the indissolubility of sacramental marriage, the introduction of viri probati and with it the abolition of priestly celibacy, approval for sexual relations before and outside of marriage,” he enumerated.∎
Dorothy Cummings McLean, Lifesite News