The Vatican doctrinal chief may be a hard taskmaster, but he has an instinct for finding common ground. Can he heal the Church’s divisions?
Pope Francis commissioned a study into the role of women deacons
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s letter to bishops around the world has been published
The German cardinal refused to confirm or deny whether he signed a letter allegedly sent to Pope Francis criticising new synod procedures
But why is Cardinal Burke himself, the hero of the synod, being eased out? And what are these disquieting rumours about Cardinal Müller?
We need to start by praying, especially for those with whom we disagree
He really does believe that we cannot, in his words, use Church doctrine ‘as we please’
When everyone else automatically, even unthinkingly, receives Holy Communion, those who can’t feel isolated from the community of the Church
What we need is an intelligent application of the science of casuistry: after all, we have a Jesuit Pope: Jesuits are supposed to be good at it