CNA: Cardinal: Moving ‘Vicar of Christ’ in Vatican Yearbook is Theological Barbarism

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Cardinal Gerhard Müller. (Daniel Ibañez/EWTN.)

Matteo Bruni, director of the Holy See press office, told the Italian bishops’ newspaper Avvenire that the yearbook was not declaring that the title Vicar of Christ was merely of historical significance.

By Catholic News Agency, 4/6/20

VATICAN CITY — A cardinal has criticized the Vatican’s official yearbook after it listed the term Vicar of Christ to a section headed “historical titles” in its latest edition, published March 25.

A Vatican spokesman said the change merely highlights the historical dimension of the title.

Under the heading “historical titles”, the yearbook lists the designations “Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Province of Rome, Sovereign of Vatican City State, Servant of the Servants of God.”

On Thursday, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the Vatican’s former doctrinal chief, described the change as an act of “theological barbarism.” ….

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