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Cardinal Sins: The Mule: Muller

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.

Mule- CollageThou Dost Protest Too Much

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.

Easy to prove Muller wrong….


Bishops – Old Boys Network? Dolan disrespectful and full of self

bishopsrepubbbsCardinal George, who is 77 years old and very ill, remains a voting cardinal until age 80! He wants to say to Pope Francis: Thank you for letting me retire!

Not Soon Enough…A local gay rights groups said George crossed the line when he compared the gay rights movement to the Ku Klux Klan, according to the Chicago Tribune.



House of Cards- Big Timmy Dolan was uber disrespectful of the pope in his comments to the Bishops (aka The old Boys Network)


It was said ….”He gave a sarcasm-laden report to his fellow bishops, saying, “Too bad we missed that real synod, brothers, because the one we were at was hardly as spicy.”

very old-working

Sanity – not sarcasm

The Rev. Thomas Reese, a Jesuit priest and senior analyst for National Catholic Reporter, a liberal, independent news outlet, said in an interview between the sessions that this group of bishops was shaped by the popes who appointed them, John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

“There is no bishop who is standing up and being the real leader of a Francis faction,” Father Reese said. “They grew up in conservative families, went to conservative seminaries and have been told not to talk to theologians who are creative because they’ve been labeled heretical.

Now Francis is saying let’s go in a different direction and let’s have a discussion. The last two pontificates, there was no room for discussion, and this makes them nervous and confused.”



A Letter to the Pope? House of Cards- Justice and NunJustice?

May 15, 2014

An Open Letter to Pope Francis About Women’s Leadership in The Church

TO:   His Holiness, Pope Francis PP

00120 Via del Pellegrino

Citta del Vaticano

Dear Pope Francis

We write with respect and gratitude for your extraordinary leadership in our Church.

Sadly, we also write with concern and dismay at the behavior that Cardinal Gerhard Müller recently exhibited toward women leaders of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and especially toward Dr. Elizabeth Johnson CSJ.

Cardinal Müller’s preemptive public criticism of LCWR leadership and Dr. Johnson, one of the most beloved and respected theologians in the world, eclipsed any opportunity for public dialogue.

This communicates that faithful Catholic female leaders are disrespected and discounted in our Church.

On numerous occasions you have expressed a desire to expand leadership opportunities for women. We respectfully suggest that the place to begin is to listen to faithful women who are already exercising leadership.

We ask you to personally intervene with Cardinal Müller and Archbishop Sartain and remove the unjust mandates imposed on LCWR over two years ago.

In addition, a public apology to Dr. Johnson and LCWR leadership would speak volumes about the institutional Church’s intent to truly listen to women and honor their voices.

In closing, we express our love and solidarity with you as together we joyfully proclaim the rich diversity revealed in the Good News of Jesus Christ, a message ever ancient yet ever new.

Sincerely yours,

 The NunJustice Coalition



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