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Head of the CDF urges Catholics to welcome ordinariate converts

By on Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Archbishop Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (Photo: CNS)

Catholics in England and Wales should welcome members of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has said.

In an interview with Mary O’Regan, Archbishop Gerhard Müller said: “Many of those who have entered into full communion through the ordinariates have sacrificed a great deal in order to be true to their consciences. They should be welcomed wholeheartedly by the Catholic community – not as prodigals but as brothers and sisters in Christ who bring with them into the Church a worthy patrimony of worship and spirituality.”

Archbishop Müller, who was appointed prefect in July this year, oversees reconciliation talks with the Society of St Pius X (SSPX) in his new role. He told the Herald that “the SSPX must accept the fullness of the Catholic faith and its practice” as “disunity always damages the proclamation of the Gospel by darkening the testimony of Jesus Christ”.

He said: “The SSPX need to distinguish between the true teaching of the Second Vatican Council and specific abuses that occurred after the Council, but which are not founded in the Council’s documents.”

He later continued: “Everyone who is Catholic must ask themselves if they are cherry-picking points from the Church’s teachings for the sake of supporting an ideology. Which is more important: an ideology or the faith? I want to say to people in extreme groups to put their ideology to one side and come to Jesus Christ.”

Archbishop Müller also said that he had been an admirer of the current Pope since he was in seminary and used to read the Pope’s book An Introduction to Christianity during his formation. He said: “It was a new book at the time and the concentrated theological insights are ever present in my mind today.”

In his new position as prefect for the CDF he has a weekly meeting with the Pope for an hour. He said: “In private, we speak in our mother tongue, German, but in an official context we must speak in Italian.”

  • Sweetjae

    Let me be clear, Mortalium Animos prohibits Catholic and protestant dialogue/meeting for the sole purpose of “christian unity” that is void of any Catholic Faith but it didn’t prohibit any dialogue at all.

    The Council of Trent was a good example of dialogue between Catholics and Protestants. Trent invited many non-catholics, Eastern Church Patriachs, Protestant Ministers, Elders etc to **propose and act freely** inside the Council itself. Read the Sessions of Trent.

    If this act of Trent had happened in Vatican 2, think of the reaction of SSPX and Sedes!

  • Sweetjae

    They almost did back in the 80′s to insignificance towards oblivion (like the Old Catholics) however, Pope Paul VI and now Benedict XVI as compassionate as ever, saved their skins.

  • Gildaswiseman

    You really do not understand how to differentiate aspects of a Council do you. You just assume because some members of the faithful have deep reservations about certain documents and the way they were written and framed and I say implemented that it concludes in the rejection of the Council per-se and the teaching authority of the Church. I would again, and again suggest that you study the theology of St Thomas Aquinas and other great and saintly scholars with regards to where the faithful have a right yea ,even a duty to bring to the attention certain aspects of theology that are dangerous for the Church.
    There is been absolutely no evidence that ecumenism has achieved anything but harm for the Church. The Assisi spectacle was scandalous. Cardinal Walter Kasper’s reflections on ecumenism are also disturbing, Catholic Missions however have a very fruitful past and there is plenty of evidence to show that. Do not confuse the Catholic mission or to convert and welcome back into the Church as the fruits of ecumenism.
    I will paste a section from Card W Kaspar’s reflections. Maybe you will agree with him I do not.
    Also your analysis of Mortalium Animos is incorrect. Cardinal Kasper is more accurate. What is disturbing is that he says all the churches are in division. Untrue, The Catholic Church is in perfect unity. and is the only Church.

    “In deep sorrow and repentance, all churches realised that their situation of division, contrary to the will of Christ, was sinful and shameful. It is significant that this new ecumenical awareness developed in the context of the missionary movement. The division of the Church was recognised as a major obstacle to world mission. The division darkens the Church’s mission as a sign and instrument of unity and peace for the world. This is why, in the 20th century, all churches engaged in ecumenical dialogues set out to re-establish the visible unity of all Christians. The foundation of the World Council of Churches in Amsterdam in 1948 represented an important milestone on this ecumenical journey.  The Catholic Church abstained at the beginning. The encyclical letters Satis cognitum of Leo XIII (1896) and Mortalium animos of Pius XI (1928) even condemned the ecumenical dialogue which seemed to relativise the claim of the Catholic Church to be the true Church of Jesus Christ. Yet Pius XII already paved the way to a more open attitude, albeit with caution, in an Instruction of the Holy Office of 1949. However, only the initiative of Pope John XXIII (+1963) and the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) brought a shift. The conciliar Decree on Ecumenism Unitatis Redintegratiostated that the ecumenical movement was a sign of the work of the Holy Spirit in our time (Unitatis redintegratio, 1), opening the way for the ecumenical movement and highlighting the importance of dialogue with separated brothers and sisters and with separated churches and church communities (Unitatis redintegratio”, 4; 9; 11; 14; 18; 19; 21-23).

  • Sweetjae

    I’m familiar with Michael Davies’ work and I symphatized with him though most of his judgments were impressions, misunderstandings and flawed logic of Post Hoc Ergo Propter. Besides the fact his opinion of things are non-binding and no authority whatsoever.

  • Sweetjae

    Cardinal Kasper’s opinion is not the Magisterium specially when he said, there is no necessity to convert the Jewish people to the Catholic Faith but he was correct and you are not when he said that the Church is really divided. The SSPX’s limited and triumphalistic understanding of the whole Body of Christ led to this error. The Universal Church of Christ is way bigger than the visible Catholic Church. Though the Fullness of the Truth can only be found in the Catholic Church.

    1,) Do you consider the Eastern Orthodox Churches as part of Christ’s Body (Church)?
    2.) Do you consider Adam, Noah, Moses, David, Elijah and other Old Testament Patriachs as part of the Body of Christ?
    3.) Do you consider the unborn children all over the world killed by abortion and others as part of the Body of Christ?
    4.) Do you consider the people who through no fault of their own did not know Christ and the Gospel yet seeking God and the Truth according to their limited knowledge as part of the Body of Christ?

  • Sweetjae

    Dont just dismiss the analysis of Mortalium Animos i made without putting your rebuttal on why it is not. Include your analysis on why you didn’t consider it a “scandal” brought by Trent and Florence for the dialogue between Catholics and non-catholics inside their Councils as well.

  • Tridentinus

    As a Catholic born in the 1940s I was brought up to believe that 

  • stan zorin

    “The Universal Church of Christ is way bigger than the visible Catholic Church.”
    That is a heresy. You are outside of the Catholic Church.

  • stan zorin

     The very big difference is that “many non-catholics, Eastern Church Patriachs, Protestant Ministers, Elders (you meant those ‘of Zion’ ?) etc” did not get to write or help to write the decrees and documents of the council of Trent and did not sit on a communist party-like committee to codify the order and the ritual of the ‘Tridentine’ mass as it happened at the Vatican II council and after the council when the Novus Ordo [Seclorum] mass was being constructed. The New Testament has been warning us that there will come a time when the ‘Beast’ that persecutes Christ and his Church will finally try to do away with the Church. The foolish shepherds of the Church of the time of the insane 20th century allowed not only those outside of the Catholic Church to influence the council but they even let in the members of the mystical body of the Beast, they let them to practically write the lines of the time bomb of a document called ‘Nostra Aetate’ intended to blow up the edifice of the Church.Christ promised that he will be with His Church until the end of time. The divine protection is exhibited in the fact that two popes stated, as parts of the documents of the council, that the council is unique in the history of the Church as being the council that does not define new teachings or dogmas whatsoever. Further, the council decree/document ‘Lumen Gentium’ states : This [the council] intends to do following faithfully the teaching[s]  of previous councils” 
    This means that we can safely dismiss the novelties and heresies being propagated by the apostates within the Church which they are trying to present as  “teachings of the council.” Because the council stated that it ‘follows faithfully’ the previous councils. If a document of the council seems to be hazy or if it seems to contradict the previous dogmas and councils then ditch the ‘Novus Ordo’ Vatican II document and refer to the decrees of the Council of Trent. The very decrees of the Second Vatican Council tell you to do so.
    Ecumaniacs are wrong. The Catholic Church is not A PART of “the Church of Christ”, the Catholic Church IS His Church. Those on the outside cannot absurdly claim to be inside, if that was the case they would be inside to start with.

  • Sweetjae

    Your reply was a mixture of half-truths and impressions.

  • stan zorin

    Yours is a very jewish reply. 
    Point out “half truths”.

  • JabbaPapa

    Rome found itself accepting many of the points made by the SSPX representatives.

    The content of these discussions should be made public as a matter of urgency.

    I suspect that, as you sometimes do, you may be confusing “acceptable” with the requirements of the Faith.

    It is the SSPX who are in the wrong by trying to insist that only their interpretations of certain doctrines are valid.

  • Max

    Yes we do welcome them we hope that unlike the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales they will speak out against the Murder that is taking place in this country of the Elderly and other vulnerable people in hospitals care homes hospices They are put on this Liverpool Death pathway it is barbaric and  I can not understand Why they remain silent when they must know what has been happening. I know that these Bishops voted for this death pathway at the Bishops conference against the advice of Doctors who warned them what would happen. I just pray that they try to to undo the great wrong the have done and speak out Now before any more peoples life’s are cut short in this barbaric way

  • Bob Hayes

    My prayers answered. Thanks be to God.

  • Cradleanglican

    I’m still wondering whether the Ordinariate will accept non ordained (Anglican) married men as candidates for the priesthood.
    If not, how will “Anglican Patrimony” be maintained when the present bunch of turncoats has passed on.
    Of course by that time it will have outlived its usefullness

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