Thursday, June 9, 2016

CDF describes theology of Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernàndez as heretical.

In May of 2015, it is likely that Müller also learned of Archbishop Fernàndez’ provocations. If he did know, he maintained a public silence – until now. Müller has just given an interview to the German Catholic journal, Herder Korrespondenz. This interview has already created a stir due to the CDF Prefect’s comments indicating surprisingly strong stipulations concerning reconciliation of the SSPX. What has mostly escaped notice was another segment of the interview, one in which Cardinal Gerhard Müller thoughtfully returns to the earlier statements of Archbishop Fernàndez, at least one of which was clearly directed against Müller, if not by name.

Müller labels as heretical the claim that the pope is not bound to live in Rome. When asked about Pope Francis’ “acts of relativizing the papal office” and whether “his style is changing the theological profile of the papal office,” the German cardinal said the following :

The teaching on the papacy as a Divine institution cannot be relativized by anybody – this would mean to want to correct God Himself. […] A while ago, there were people who were presented by certain tendentious media outlets as being the closest counselors of the pope, and specifically according to whom one could even well move the residence of the pope down to Medellin or distribute the offices of the Curia to the different local churches. This is fundamentally wrong and even heretical [“sogar häretisch”]. In this matter, one only has to once read the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium of the Second Vatican Council in order to recognize the ecclesiological absurdity of such thought games. The residence of the pope is the Church of St. Peter in Rome. (my emphasis added)


Catholic Mission said...

Here are the controversial passages again

Anonymous said...

Is Pope Francis' sermons at his Thursday morning June 9th Mass a counterattack on the likes of Cardinal Muller?

The Vatican Radio report introduced it as “Pope Francis warned on Thursday against an excessive rigidity, saying those within the Church who tell us ‘it’s this or nothing’ are heretics and not Catholics.” (For more, see "Pope Francis: ‘Rigid… this or nothing’ Catholics are ‘heretical’ and ‘not Catholic’" at )

Who is "heretical": Archbishop Fernandez, Cardinal Muller or Pope Francis?

Anonymous said...

"That The Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill Blog" says that the Pope's words "It is not Catholic (to say) ‘or this or nothing:’ This is not Catholic, this is heretical" may apply to Cardinal Sarah and his recent book "[In the End, It Is] God or Nothing" (see" Did the Pope Just Call Cardinal Robert Sarah a Heretic?" at )

TTC said...

"Who is "heretical": Archbishop Fernandez, Cardinal Muller or Pope Francis?"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. That's a real brain teaser. LOL.