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Pope Francis and Cardinal Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CNS)

Pope Francis commissioned a study into the role of women deacons

German bishops arriving for a plenary meeting in Freiburg (CNS)

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s letter to bishops around the world has been published

Cardinal Gerhard Müller with Pope Francis (CNS)

The German cardinal refused to confirm or deny whether he signed a letter allegedly sent to Pope Francis criticising new synod procedures

Pope Francis  at the synod on the family (CNS)

But why is Cardinal Burke himself, the hero of the synod, being eased out? And what are these disquieting rumours about Cardinal Müller?

Bishop Bernard Fellay (PA)

We need to start by praying, especially for those with whom we disagree

Cardinal Gerhard Muller pictured earlier this year (CNS)

He really does believe that we cannot, in his words, use Church doctrine ‘as we please’

'A major problem facing the divorced is the fact that the automatic reception of Holy Communion, at every single Mass, has become an ingrained part of Catholic life' (CNS)

When everyone else automatically, even unthinkingly, receives Holy Communion, those who can’t feel isolated from the community of the Church

Benedict XVI (PA)

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