“Undignified, Shameful, Completely Wrong!”
(Rorate Caeli) – Since the workings of the Synod still remain, for the first time in the 2,000-year-long history of councils and synods, completely censored, and the Fathers who want to can only freely express their opinion through leaks, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), impelled by his duty, says what needs to be said – and then what he said is leaked, to bypass the censorship.
Thank you, Your Eminence, for expressing what the true sensus catholicus feels regarding the most embarrassing document in all of Catholic history:
From La Repubblica (excerpts):
VATICAN CITY [October 14, by Orazio la Rocca] – “Undignified, Shameful, Completely Wrong.” An unappealable condemnation of the relatio on the first week of the synodal works on the family (the Relatio post disceptationem) read yesterday before pope Francis by Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdo. Who pronounced this, in his intervention at one of the circuli minores (the [language-based small] commissions), was not just “any” Synodal Father, but the guardian of the orthodoxy of the Catholic Faith, German Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (the former Holy Office), raised in the past few days to the leading voice of those who, in the Synod, question the announced overtures to remarried divorcees, civil unions, cohabitation, homosexual couples.
The same Cardinal who, in the course of the past week, publicly complained several times of a supposed censorial limitation of the Vatican regarding those speakers who spoke in defense of traditional Catholic doctrine, with special reference to the indissolubility of marriage. Positions that Müller and other 4 Cardinals had already expressed in a book published on the eve of the Synod, but that in the past few days have also been reaffirmed in the full Synodal meeting, finding however – in the opinion on Müller himself – a very limited reception in the Relatio read by Cardinal Erdo. From this, [came] the raising of stakes by the Prefect of the former Holy Office, who, in his intervention at the circuli minores, severely criticized in particular the chapters of the relation dedicated to openings in the issue of homosexual couples, cohabitation, sacraments to the remarried divorcees, expressing all his “disappointment for an undignified and shameful report.”
…But in the first day of work of the circuli minores, Müller was not the only one to take his distance from the “middle-term” document. Though in more contained tones, also Cardinal Fernanrdo Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples [Propaganda Fide], displayed perplexity. “There was some surprise – the cardinal explained – within the circolo minore reading the first reactions of the media to the ‘Relatio post disceptationem’ published yesterday: and also some perplexities on what was in fact contained in it, as if the Pope had said it, as if the Synod had decided it, and this is not true. It is a working document where we were to say our points of views, to be conveyed to the Synod Secretariat.”
[Source, in Italian]
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