Thursday, November 14, 2013

Curial Throwdown?

There has been a lot of press about efforts in Freiburg, Germany to allow re-married divorced Catholics to desecrate the Eucharist by receiving Holy Communion. Archbishop Mueller, to his credit, squashed this idea, as Tancred reports.

However, a new wrinkle has emerged. Cardinal Marx of Munich, one of the Holy Father's Super-8 cardinals, has chimed in and doesn't sound to happy about it. Per Tornielli:

Meanwhile, the Archbishop of Munich, Reinhard Marx, who is a member of Francis’ eight-member advisory Council of Cardinals openly criticised Müller’s article, stating: “The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith cannot stop the discussions." He also said Müller’s article was like a “fence” around Francis’ “field hospital” of mercy, an image Francis used to describe the duty the Church has towards the many wounded in today’s modern society. 

In other words, His Eminence feels that the last 2000 years of Church teaching have been contrary to mercy and, I'd guess, simple charity as well. Remember that, folks. When your patron saint considered the idea of marriage, whether for themselves of others, and how it truly was a commitment for life, they were being mean.

It will be interesting to see if there are repercussions from this. The CDF post held by +Mueller is typically regarded as the most powerful in the Curia, outside of the SecState. Whether or not he's in a position to take on a Super-8 member, who knows?  Or maybe it will just blow over or maybe they'll just snipe from the corners of the room?

Stay tuned.

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