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Mythbusters: Abp Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Catholic Culture ^ | 1/22/13 | Dr. Jeff Mirus

Posted on 01/23/2013 8:30:52 AM PST by marshmallow

You may recall the appointment of Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in July of last year. The announcement created a tempest in a teapot as both Traditionalists and Modernists loudly denounced the new prefect’s theological views.

As I strongly suspected at the time, both groups were simply doing what they always do. They were attempting to create a mythology, or really two different mythologies, which would undermine Archbishop Müller’s ability to do his job.

But when you are denounced by those who reject Catholic teaching on opposite sides, it is usually a very good sign. And indeed, since his appointment, Archbishop Müller has proven himself a man who thinks with the Church—a thoughtful exponent of orthodoxy who can see the kinds of larger arguments that must also be made to communicate the Faith.

In Support of Pope Benedict

It goes without saying that a prefect of the CDF, however brilliant, should in no way attempt to overshadow the pope he serves, and Archbishop Müller has been a strong supporter of Pope Benedict. In particular, he has called attention to the marvelous mind of the Pope on several occasions.

Müller was Archbishop of Regensburg when Pope Benedict gave his famous Regensburg address in 2006, challenging the Islamic world to incorporate reason into their faith, and once again challenging the West to incorporate faith into its reason. Clearly Archbishop Müller took this address very seriously: He wrote a book based on it which was published by the Vatican Press in the same month as his appointment to head the CDF. Then, when the book was released, Archbishop Müller took advantage of the opportunity to stress the need for a true synthesis “of faith and reason and of freedom and love”, taking.....

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