The leading member of the Council of Cardinals has sharply criticised the Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal-designate Gerhard Müller, reports The Tablet.
In several recent statements, Cardinal-designate Müller has ruled out any revision of Church rules barring divorced and civilly remarried Catholics from the sacraments.
Asked about this in an interview with Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, a Honduran, said: 'He’s a German, one has to say, and above all he’s a German theology professor, so in his mentality there’s only truth and falsehood. But I say, my brother, the world isn’t like this, and you should be a little flexible when you hear other voices. That means not just listening and then saying no.'
Cardinal Maradiaga, who was on a visit to Germany, said he was sure Archbishop Müller 'will arrive at understanding other positions too', even if at the moment 'he listens only to his group of advisers'.
On the question of divorced and remarried believers, Cardinal Maradiaga seemed to signal support for some sort of change. 'The Church is obliged [to uphold] the Commandments of God,” he said, including what Jesus said about marriage: 'What God has united, let no man separate.'
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