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Müller Warns of German Schism. But Only in Germany?

by Christopher A. Ferrara
September 16, 2015

Speaking in Regensburg, Germany Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has just denounced what he called a “climate of the German claim to leadership for the whole universal Church” and warned that Germany could witness a split from the Catholic Church like that provoked by Martin Luther over the question of indulgences in 1517. 

Luther attacked the doctrine on indulgences — the remission of temporal punishment due to sin — because the doctrine had been abused in practice not because the doctrine was false in itself, which it could not be. Today, the lax granting of annulments has undermined the doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage and now the German hierarchy is leading the way in demanding that the doctrine itself be overthrown by a “pastoral adaptation” to “reality” — a “reality” their own negligence has created.

Müller’s remarks, which came during a book introduction, included this blast at the Kasperites:  “By all means, it is attempted — exegetical, historical, history of dogma studies and with reference to psychology and sociology — to deconstruct the Catholic teaching on marriage, which arises from the teaching of Jesus, and put it into perspective, only so that the Church appears compliant with society.”  

“It’s not about adapting the revelation of the world,” said Müller, “but to win the world for God.” Why have we not heard anything nearly this forthright from Francis?  Instead, he continues to preside over a so-called Synod on the Family at which, somehow, instead of a defense of the indissolubility of marriage “the admission of the civilly married… to Holy Communion and the recognition of homosexual relations ‘were declared central themes of a pastoral ministry of the future.’”   

Müller then spoke to the heart of the matter, which the Synod of Doom seems determined to ignore: “Pastoral care must have in view eternal salvation.”  Eternal salvation.  There’s a thought!  It may even be the very reason for the Church’s existence.  Yet the words “eternal salvation” never seem to appear in any of the voluminous comments Francis has made on the “synodal process” or, for that matter, Catholic doctrine and its intrinsically related pastoral practices. We hear only about rigorism, legalism, Pharasaism, and the need for “creativity” and “healing.”

Cardinal Müller is to be commended and supported in his attempt to point out the obvious: that the Synod on “the Family” is a threat to the family, orchestrated by the corrupt German hierarchy (that Francis has empowered).  But it has to be said that the same corruption is on display in the hierarchies of every Western nation, as Cardinal Sarah noted when he condemned the decadent “western vision of man, of the world, of society” and declared: “the Church must fight to say no to this new colonization.”

But how is it that Francis himself has been aiding and abetting this “new colonization” at the same time Cardinals are courageously opposing it at the very Synod Francis conceived, put in motion, controls, and vows to make a forum for the next calamitous appearance of his “God of surprises”?

It does no good to blind oneself to what is going on here.  None of this would be happening if it were not for Francis.  The Synod of Doom was his idea, and those who now oppose its radically progressive agenda — even if they cannot say so openly, they surely must know it — are opposing him. 

That is a mystery that can be explained only by the text of the Third Secret we have yet to see, wherein the Virgin tells about what Sister Lucia revealed to Cardinal Caffarra in the 1990s: “The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family.”