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Sandro Magister has some interesting comments on the Manifesto issued yesterday by Gerhard Cardinal Muller:


If there is a forerunner of this “Manifesto of faith” from Cardinal Gerhard Müller. released today all over the world, it is the “Credo of the People of God” proclaimed in 1968 by Paul VI.

Then as now, the Church was in a tempest and its very faith was wavering. Paul VI felt it his duty to reaffirm the pillars of Church doctrine. Today, giving this public testimony of faith is the cardinal who was prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith from 2012 to 2017.

Müller decided to take this step at the impetus of requests from “many bishops, priests, religious and laity of the Catholic Church,” concerned over the “ever more widespread confusion in the teaching of the faith.”

As an outline for the “Credo of the People of God” Paul VI adopted the “Credo” of the council of Nicaea. Cardinal Müller has instead taken as the guideline for this “Manifesto of faith” the Catechism of the Catholic Church, to which the numbers in parentheses in the text refer.

From the beginning the Church has found itself put to the test in the foundations of the faith, as the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy (2 Tm 4:3-5):

“There shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables. But be thou vigilant, labour in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil thy ministry.”

With the following “Manifesto” Cardinal  Müller intended to fulfill today this mandate of the apostle to his disciple.

Go here to read the rest.  In short, Cardinal Muller is doing the Pope’s job of protecting Catholic doctrine, because our current Pope is engaged in the task of destroying Catholic doctrine.

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  1. Muller’s Manifesto was a well deserved bow shot against Pope Francis who is, to say the very least, a bad shepherd leading us away from the truths of the Catholic Church which began in earnest following Vatican II.

    The big question is what will be Pope Francis follow-up on this? My guess is nothing, just more silence. Or perhaps some kind of punishment for Cardinal Muller. Pope Francis is all about global politics and the New World Order, not about the Catholic Faith. If anything, Pope Francis is out to destroy it.

    Hopefully, the Muller Manifesto will have an effect on individual priests, Bishops and Cardinals who will take it seriously. The other thought I had was that Muller is clearly putting his hat in the ring to be the next Pope. Not a bad idea in my opinion.

  2. Can it be true, that the Roman church cares about sin, repentance, and salvation more than it does about secular social justice and climate hoaxes in the name of controlling all?

  3. It saddens me that there only seems to be a few bishops willing to address the pope’s assault on Christian faith and morals. There must be more than 3-4 orthodox bishops; maybe they have skeletons that they fear being exposed. Perhaps I’m hoping for a blitz instead of this slow water torture.

  4. If I didn’t know any better, I’d swear that the 2013 Conclave was held at the USCCB General Assembly.

  5. @Ken Every priest has a thick official file in the chancery office that originates from their time in seminary. Those who are political climbers have their own files, in writing or in memory. Add in official and unofficial networks and cliques, a structure that is predicated upon obedience (often warped) and abject fear of schism amongst the more orthodox, and you have a culture that is very against “rocking the boat”.

    Causing confusion amongst the faithful is not just a nice way of putting things. Confusion doesn’t mean uncertainty, though it will be used that way colloquilly. Rather it means —– Word Origin and History for confusion. late 13c., “overthrow, ruin,” from Old French confusion (11c.) “disorder, confusion, shame,” from Latin confusionem (nominative confusio ) “a mingling, mixing, blending; confusion, disorder,” noun of action from confundere “to pour together,” also “to confuse” (see confound).

    The educated and tactful who say that Pope Francis is introducing/creating/causing confusion mean that he is mixing error into the teaching of the Faith.

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