Daily Archives: September 23, 2013

Contrary to Popular Belief

I’m generally willing to admit when I’ve been wrong or mistaken. I just want to see the evidence. I generally agree with the following that I first heard in college:

Case in point: Archbishop Gerhard Müller, who this weekend was reconfirmed by Pope Francis as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith. Müller has made a lot of headlines recently due to his support for Liberation Theology, and articles in support of Müller’s positions have, without naming them, criticized the positions of both Bl. John Paul II and then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio on the subject. At his “closed door” meeting with Rome’s clergy last week, Pope Francis reportedly cut off a priest who was asking about approval of Liberation Theology by saying, “That’s what Müller thinks. That’s what he thinks.” Therefore, some had suggested that Francis might be replacing Müller, and, if only in the “Ford should have pardoned the draft dodgers” sense, it might have been a good idea, to assuage the fears of many Catholics that the MSM narrative regarding Francis isn’t that far off the mark.
Back when Müller was originally announced by Pope Benedict XVI last year, Fr. Z had this to say on the subject.
The EWTN-owned National Catholic Register also posted an interview with Müller, which was reposted on the Vatican website, which directly addresses some of the concerns of traditionalists.
Having read these articles a year after the fact, I for one am more at ease with the notion of Archbishop Müller. I just hope that the Pope doesn’t replace Cardinal Canizares Llovera as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.