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Cardinal Gerhard Muller, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at a penance service in St. Peter's Basilica during the "24 Hours for the Lord" initiative on March 29, 2019. (photo: Daniel Ibanez / CNA/EWTN)

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, Feb 15, 2022

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and

A former German prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has stated that faithful Catholics are going through “a time of tribulation and psychological terror” owing to leadership by cardinals, bishops and theology professors who do not believe what the Church teaches. This assertion was made by Cardinal Gerhard Müller in an interview with the National Catholic Register, and while those who frequent will not find it surprising, the problem has rarely been described more strongly by a high-ranking prelate.

Cardinal Müller is speaking partly in light of the immense scandal that is the German synodal path, a process very quickly used to advantage by those who really do not accept the truths taught by the Catholic Church. But what has happened in Germany reflects larger, if marginally more subtle, trends throughout the Western world since the first half of the twentieth century.  …