Cardinal questions the obduracy of the Prefect of CDF

C8’s Cardinal Maradiaga castigates CDF prefect: ‘He’s German so he thinks in black and white’
24 January 2014 13:05 by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

The leading member of the Council of Cardinals (C8) has sharply criticised the Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal-designate Gerhard Müller.

In several recent statements Cardinal-designate Müller has ruled out any revision of church rules barring divorced and civilly remarried Catholics from the sacraments.

Asked about this in an interview with the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, a Honduran, said: “He’s a German, one has to say, and above all he’s a German theology professor, so in his mentality there’s only truth and falsehood. But I say, my brother, the world isn’t like this, and you should be a little flexible when you hear other voices. That means not just listening and then saying no.”

Maradiaga, who was on a visit to Germany, said he was sure Archbishop Müller “will arrive at understanding other positions too”, even if at the moment “he listens only to his group of advisers”.

On the question of divorced and remarried believers, Rodriguez Maradiaga seemed to signal support for some sort of change.

“The Church is obliged [to uphold] the commandments of God,” he said, including what Jesus said about marriage: “What God has united, let no man separate.”

That said, Rodriguez Maradiaga reportedly added, “There are different approaches to making this clear. After the failure of a marriage, for example, we can ask if the spouses were truly united in God. There’s much room for further reflection there.”

            Is this a sign that the Roman Catholic Church may be ready to recognise that not all divorced persons should be denied the Sacraments of the Church, nor that re-marriage of divorced persons ought necessarily be forbidden?
            This is a matter of realistic fact which the Anglican Churches around the world have long accepted – recognising that we are all sinners, and that there are pastoral issues – like divorce and re-marriage – that need to be compassionately and sensitively dealt with – especially where children of a marriage are involved.
            Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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