Sunday, September 27, 2015 New York Times:
But Cardinal Müller is no objective papal observer. He is a leading voice in the orthodox wing of the Catholic Church that worries that outsize attention on Francis’ welcoming, pastoral style could distract from the church’s core beliefs.
Moments of Strength and Vulnerability
He is one of many conservatives who, without challenging the immensely popular pope head-on, have sought to weather the so-called Francis effect by inculcating the next generation of faithful with their own priorities: church tradition, culture and rules.
Now they are parsing his comments this weekend in Philadelphia, where he arrived Saturday, for anything that would bolster their case as they head into next month’s synod of bishops in Rome focused on the family. Many of them have been looking to dampen any prospect of welcoming people in same-sex relationships or divorced and remarried Catholics back into the fold, or women into the priesthood.
Last week, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told L’Osservatore Romano in reference to the Vatican’s highly criticized investigation of U.S. nuns, “Above all we have to clarify that we are not misogynists, we don’t want to gobble up a woman a day!”
“If the Vatican wanted to prove that they are not misogynists, they could start by removing the unjust mandate against the nuns,” said Deborah Rose-Milavec, a coalition spokesperson.
She continued, “we remain inspired by the sisters courage in engaging church leadership while remaining faithful to the integrity of their calling. We promise our support as they pursue their mission to those on the margins despite attempts at institutional, sexist bullying.”
Cardinal Muller has said that nobody, not even a pope, could change the teaching reaffirmed by St John Paul II
Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the Vatican’s doctrinal chief, has made one of his strongest statements yet on the controversial question of Communion for the divorced and remarried.