Cardinal Gerhard Müller has strongly rebuked a recent document issued by Pope Francis and Cardinal Victor Fernández on transgender issues, accusing Fernández of a “manipulation” of prior teaching on such questions.
“It is confusing and harmful for the Magisterium to rely on the terminology of a nihilistic and atheistic anthropology by seeming to grant its false content the status of legitimate theological opinion in the Church,” said Cardinal Müller, in an interview with Il Messaggero published November 21.
His comments come in light of the recent dubia response, issued November 8 by current prefect of the Dicastery (formerly Congregation) for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández, and approved by Pope Francis.
The controversial text is believed to have been primarily authored by Fernández. It allows for so-called “transgender” individuals to be godparents for the sacrament of Baptism, as well as allowing homosexual “parents” to have their children baptized. The text stated that a “transsexual” individual could receive Baptism with the same ease as any one else, without renouncing his lifestyle of living as a different sex, provided there was no “public scandal.”
But Müller – who led the CDF from 2012 through 2017 – strongly protested against the document’s tone and content.
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