Cardinal Gerhard Müller, upon request by LifeSiteNews, has issued a short statement endorsing the courageous dubia challenging Pope Francis and several aspects of the upcoming “Synod on Synodality” that go against Church teaching, saying that he is “glad” that “others in their own way do what is necessary” to remind the pope “of his God-given responsibility for the preservation of the Church.”
Today, five cardinals – Walter Brandmüller, Raymond Leo Burke, Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, Robert Sarah, and Joseph Zen – published dubia they had previously privately sent to Pope Francis but that went unanswered, in the hopes that by going public they would receive answers to a number of concerns they have regarding Church doctrine and the upcoming synod. In particular, the cardinals asked Francis whether the Church today can “teach doctrines contrary to those she has previously taught in matters of faith and morals,” and whether the Church may “bless” homosexual unions and ordain women to the diaconate.
In his own statement, Müller rejects what he calls a form of “neo-papalism” that parrots whatever Francis says as necessitating obedience, dismissing the idea that one must submit to everything coming from Francis as if it were given to him as “direct information” by the “Holy Spirit.” Müller reminds the faithful that the Church’s hierarchy – with Pope at the top – is bound to serve Christ’s truth, and no other.
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