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Cardinal Gerhard MüllerEWTN / YouTube screen grab

The former Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith explained the ‘source, sense, and limits of papal authority,’ noting that some popes have erred

Dr. Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews, October 28, 2020

Dr. Maike Hickson was born and raised in Germany. She holds a PhD from the University of Hannover, Germany, after having written in Switzerland her doctoral dissertation on the history of Swiss intellectuals before and during World War II. …

Maike HicksonIn light of the recent and controversial words by Pope Francis endorsing civil unions for same-sex couples, Cardinal Gerhard Müller explained in a new interview today in Italy the nature of the papacy and the limits of its authority. He insisted that the Pope has to serve God and His teaching, adding that there are moments where Catholics “have to criticize many ideas and actions of individual Popes.” Such questioning, however, does not lead to “questioning the divine mission and mandate of the Pope as Successor of Peter,” the Cardinal explained.

His words can be helpful for many Catholics who are facing the situation that they have to contradict their own Pope.

Speaking with the Italian newspaper La Verità, about the recent papal words about same-sex civil unions, Cardinal Müller pointed out that these “private pastoral musings” of the Pope are “not a locus theologicus” and have “no authority for a Catholic Christian.”  …

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