From the Tablet:
The former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), Cardinal Müller, has defended Pope Francis against the accusations of heresy that have been made against him, but has cautioned against idealising Francis.
“Accusations of heresy against the representative of the true faith revealed in Christ are the worst thing that can happen in the ‘Church of the living God, pillar and support of the truth’ (1 Timothy 3:15), Müller told the German “Die Tagespost” on 16 May in a long interview on the present situation of the Church entitled “Time for a Clear Word.” It was “principally wrong” to blame the Pope for everything that was going wrong in the Church today, he said, but the corresponding public remonstrances by “well-known theologians” should be answered. Their worries were understandable and the desire for greater clarity as far as statements by the Pope were concerned were justified, but the means the theologians had chosen were not. “It would be important for the Holy Father to have the CDF – and not the State Secretariat or journalists or theologians that he is on good terms with – publish an official clarification”, emphasised Müller.