Archbishop Müller insists he has good relations with Francis

Complains about media portrayal

The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has protested against the media's portrayal of him, and talks about the good relations he has with Pope Francis, reports Vatican Insider.

Just a few days before the Consistory that will create him cardinal and after months of controversies in the media over his seemingly rigid stance on pastoral care for remarried-divorced persons, Archbishop Gerhard Müller has been eager to stress that he is on good terms with Pope Francis.

'I am not his conservative opponent,' he said in an interview published by German Catholic news agency Kathpress.

The German prelate whom the Pope appointed as leader of the dicastery in charge of Church doctrine, is not happy about being presented as an internal opponent of Francis’ pontificate. Müller accepts there are differences in terms of formation and approach but 'these complement each other, they are not contradictory.' The new cardinal stated that Francis’ magisterium and speeches cover the 'entire Catholic faith.'

The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith meets the Pope two or three times a month and the two communicate in Italian or Spanish (Müller speaks Spanish well, having spent quite a bit of time in Latin America).

As far as women’s role in the Church is concerned, Müller said they could be given some high-ranking positions in the Vatican: not in the Congregations but in the Pontifical Councils, for example the Pontifical Council on the Family (which is led by Bishop Vincenzo Paglia) or for Health Care Workers. 

FULL STORY Müller: “I’m not Francis’conservative opponent” (Vatican Insider)

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