The Synod: Müller Against Censorship
The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, voiced his disagreement with the censorship imposed on the speeches from participants at the Synod. A bishop: Kasper’s proposal is a medicine that is worse than the disease.
October 10, 2014
The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, voiced his disagreement with the censorship imposed on the speeches from participants at the Synod. According to reports, the German Cardinal told a Catholic Television network, present for some of the sessions, that “All Christians have the right to be informed about the intervention of their bishops .”
Instead, for the time being, information on the Synod is provided by the Director of the Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, assisted by an English-speaking priest and a Spanish-speaking one. In the briefing a generic panorama of the day is given, indicating the issues, but not the speeches in a quotable way, nor the authors themselves, of these interventions.
It’s a shame, as certainly there have been speeches that deserved being revealed in greater detail. Like this one: a bishop severely criticized Cardinal Kasper’s proposal to give the Eucharist to the divorced and remarried stating that it was, “a medicine worse than the disease.”
While another [bishop] noted that in the pastoral care for the divorced, it must be remembered that they were dealing with married people, and that there had been Popes also before 2014, and you could hardly say they weren’t merciful. Another [bishop] noted that, besides continually mentioning mercy, we had to evangelize more; that we referred often to formation, but we disregarded it fearing misunderstandings. To that Cardinal Kasper, repeated that yes, he had taken the initiative, but first he had asked the Pope… [sic]
[Source, in Italian. Contributor Francesca Romana. Slight adaptation for easier reading in English.]