German Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith, the body responsible for safeguarding the Church’s doctrine on faith and morals, has cautioned against the Church’s increasingly firm embrace of the Left’s secular progressivism and ‘wokism.’
In an interview with Edward Pentin published last week by the National Catholic Register, days after the final day of the third meeting of the so-called Synodal Assembly, which concluded with votes favoring draft texts calling for same-sex blessings and pro-LGBT redefinition of homosexuality in teaching materials, among other things, the 74-year-old cardinal provided some insight as to why the Church is headed in this direction.
The former Vatican chief explained that many of high-ranking members of the clergy—as well as deacons, priests and bishops—who are pushing for progressive liberal reforms within the Church, are “secularized people” themselves, adding that they prefer to “keep the name ‘Catholic’ to stay in the institution and take the money” despite refusing to accept the “word of God.”
“They relativize the Catholic faith, but remain with their titles: cardinals, bishops, theology professors—but in reality they don’t believe what the Church is saying,” he continued.
Regarding LGBT ideology and its agenda, he called it “totally idiotic because its Neo-Gnostic mythology is absolutely against human nature, not only in a biological sense but also in a philosophical one.”
Furthermore, Cardinal Müller stated that a priest blessing the marriage of a same-sex couple—something that’s been encouraged by German bishops—is “blasphemy” since it’s a “negation of the constitution of human beings as man and woman, and there can be no blessing there.”
In the Spring of 2021, the Vatican clarified that the Catholic Church doesn’t have the power to give liturgical blessing to homosexual marriages because God “does not and cannot bless sin”—a position that was sharply criticized by German-speaking prelates, theologians, and clergy members, many of whom are among of the most socially progressive-minded in the Church.
The socially progressive attitudes and ideas that many of the German-speaking prelates embrace also extends to mass migration. In November, leaders from the German Bishops’ Conference (DBK) and German Protestant Church (EKD), released a 214-page paper titled “Shaping Migration in a Humane Way,” which called not only for the relaxation of migration policies so as to allow for increased migration into Europe, but also for a “more active naturalization policy,” that would allow migrant workers and asylum seekers to become German citizens more readily and with greater ease.