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By Stephen Wynne, Church Militant, October 4, 2019

Statement follows synod organizer’s claim that teaching can be changed 

VATICAN CITY ( – The former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is reiterating Catholic teaching on the male-only priesthood.  

In a written statement to LifeSiteNews on Thursday, Cdl. Gerhard Müller affirmed that the Church’s ban on female deacons and priests is an infallible dogma of the Faith.

“The demand that the Amazon Synod must rule that the Sacrament of Holy Orders — in its first degree, the diaconate — may also be validly administered to women, contains several errors,” observed Müller.


“The first error consists of the opinion that the Magisterium stands above Revelation and that a synod of bishops (with merely a consultative character), an ecumenical council, or the Pope alone could alter the substance of the sacraments,” he explained.

“The second error lies in the opinion that the Sacrament of Holy Orders really consists of three Sacraments,” Müller continued, “so that one has accordingly to decide whether [Pope John Paul II’s] declaration Ordinatio Sacerdotalis (1994) merely applies to the ordination degree of the bishop, or of the presbyter (= the priest), or of the deacon.”….