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Archbishop Müller encourages unity serving evangelization, mission
CNA/EWTN News ^ | 1/23/14 | CNA

Posted on 01/24/2014 1:10:31 PM PST by BlatherNaut

"...The speech by Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, focused on Church structures and served as a commentary on Pope Francis' Nov. 24 apostolic exhortation “Evangelii gaudium,” in which he discussed a “conversion of the papacy” and “sound 'decentralization.'”

“A readjusting of independence and collaboration with the local Churches, of episcopal collegiality and of the Primacy of the Pope will enable us not to lose site of the transcendent need for the question of God,” Archbishop Müller explained Jan. 20 at the St. Vincent Martyr Catholic University of Valencia.

“The life of the Church cannot be concentrated in this way on the Pope and his Curia, as if what happens in parishes, communities and dioceses were something secondary. An exaggerated centralization in administration does not help the Church but instead impedes her missionary dynamic.”

The archbishop, who will be made a cardinal at next month's consistory, was speaking during the university's 12th annual conference on canon law; his speech was titled “Collegiality and the Exercise of Supreme Power in the Church.”

Calling a “reform” of papal primacy pertinent to the new evangelization, Archbishop Müller said that “a Church which only revolves around her own structural problems would be dreadfully archaic and unconnected to the world, for in her being and mission she is nothing other than the Church of the triune God, the origin and destiny of every man and of the entire universe.”

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events
KEYWORDS: muller; papacy

1 posted on 01/24/2014 1:10:32 PM PST by BlatherNaut
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To: BlatherNaut
Sed Contra:

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

881 The Lord made Simon alone, whom he named Peter, the "rock" of his Church. He gave him the keys of his Church and instituted him shepherd of the whole flock....

882 The Pope, Bishop of Rome and Peter's successor, "is the perpetual and visible source and foundation of the unity both of the bishops and of the whole company of the faithful."

"For the Roman Pontiff, by reason of his office as Vicar of Christ, and as pastor of the entire Church has full, supreme, and universal power over the whole Church, a power which he can always exercise unhindered."

2 posted on 01/24/2014 1:25:20 PM PST by HapaxLegamenon
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To: HapaxLegamenon

Begs the question of what is meant by “a reform of papal primacy”. Are they cooking up some manner of ecclesiastical anarchy at the Vatican?

3 posted on 01/24/2014 1:36:24 PM PST by BlatherNaut
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To: BlatherNaut
...“conversion of the papacy” and “sound 'decentralization.'”

Sounds like a good Protestant, like Martin Luther. And Pope Francis is going to elevate this same man, who denies the Perpetual Virginity of the Blessed Mother, to the college of cardinals.

4 posted on 01/24/2014 6:30:05 PM PST by ebb tide
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On the Real Presence of the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of the Lord in the transubstantiated Eucharistic species:

In 2002, bishop Müller published the book “Die Messe - Quelle des christlichen Lebens” (St. Ulrich Verlag, Augsburg). In this book, he speaks of the Sacrament of the Altar and warns against using the terms “body and blood” in this context. These terms would cause “misunderstandings”, “when flesh and blood are considered to mean the physical and biological components of the human Jesus. Neither is it simply the transfigured body of the resurrected Lord that is being designated.”

Bishop Müller continues: “In reality, the body and blood of Christ do not mean the material components of the human person of Jesus during his lifetime or in his transfigured corporality. Here, body and blood mean the presence of Christ in the signs of the medium of bread and wine.”

Holy Communion transmits according to Müller a “community with Jesus Christ, mediated by eating and drinking the bread and the wine. Even in the merely personal human sphere, something like a letter may represent the friendship between people and, that is to say, show and embody the sympathy of the sender for the receiver.” Bread and wine thus only become “symbols of his salvific presence”.

That is how Mgr Müller explains a “change of being” in the Eucharistic gifts:

“The essential definition of bread and wine has to be conceived in an anthropological way. The natural essence of these offerings [bread and wine] as the fruit of the earth and the work of human hands, as the unity of natural and cultural products consists in clarifying the nourishment and sustenance of man and the communion of the people in the sign of a common meal [...]. This natural essence of bread and wine is transfigured by God in the sense that the essence of bread and wine is made to consist exclusively in showing and realizing the salvific communion with God.”

Strange days. Dark days. The smoke of Satan has darkened many minds.

5 posted on 01/24/2014 6:39:15 PM PST by ebb tide
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