Cardinal Gerhard Müller strongly defended Fr. Frank Pavone and slammed Pope Francis’ laicization of the renowned pro-life priest in an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews.
Cardinal Müller, the former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the top Vatican doctrinal office, called Fr. Pavone’s dismissal unjustifiable and “only political.”
Laicization is a penalty reserved for the most serious cases, such as apostasy, heresy, or “absolutely contradictory behavior against the priesthood,” the German cardinal told LifeSiteNews editor-in-chief John-Henry Westen.
He insisted that the Vatican’s reasons for defrocking Fr. Pavone “are not justified.”
“Nobody with a certain theological understanding or a human feeling of justice and human rights can understand it and accept it,” he said.
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