Tablet portrayed Müller as a bad guy about divorced & remarried even before his L’Osservatore Romano article

The Tablet was portraying Archbishop Müller as the bad guy about divorced & remarried before his L’Osservatore Romano article explaining in-depth the Church’s prohibition of such couples receiving Holy Communion. The Tablet editorial sneers:

‘Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), seems to be making embarrassing the papacy something of a habit. Despite Pope Francis having made God’s mercy one of the key themes of his pontificate, the archbishop declared that divorced and remarried Catholics could not be admitted to Holy Communion – they could not, he said ‘appeal to God’s mercy’. Pope Francis has now made it clear he wants this whole issue reopened, as it will be at a special meeting of the Synod of Bishops next year’.

The Tablet’s paraphrase of Archbishop Müller as saying that divorced and remarried could not ‘appeal to God’s mercy’ is a travesty of his interview in ”Die Tagespost” (15 June 2013). What he actually said was:

‘Another proposal for the approval of remarried divorcees to the sacraments pleads with the argument of mercy. Jesus himself solidarity with the needy and had given them his merciful love, mercy is a special sign of true discipleship. This is true, but falls short as a sacramental theological argument. Because the whole sacramental order is a work of divine mercy and can not be canceled with reference to the same. By relying on the materially false mercy, there is also the risk of trivializing the image of God, what God can do nothing else than to forgive. The mystery of God’s mercy belong next to his holiness and justice. If one omits these attributes of God and sin is not serious, the people ultimately can not convey his mercy. Jesus met the adulterous woman with great compassion, but you also said: “Go, and sin no more now” (Jn 8:11). The mercy of God is not a dispensation of God’s commandments and the teachings of the Church. Rather, it gives the power of grace to meet them, for the fall and rising again to a life of perfection in the image of the heavenly Father.’ (Google translation).

‘Ein weiterer Vorschlag für die Zulassung wiederverheirateter Geschiedener zu den Sakramenten plädiert mit dem Argument der Barmherzigkeit. Da Jesus sich selbst mit den Notleidenden solidarisiert und ihnen seine erbarmende Liebe geschenkt habe, sei die Barmherzigkeit ein besonderes Zeichen wahrer Nachfolge. Dies ist richtig, greift aber als sakramenten-theologisches Argument zu kurz. Denn die ganze sakramentale Ordnung ist ein Werk göttlicher Barmherzigkeit und kann nicht mit Berufung auf dieselbe aufgehoben werden. Durch die sachlich falsche Berufung auf die Barmherzigkeit besteht zudem die Gefahr einer Banalisierung des Gottesbildes, wonach Gott nichts anderes vermag, als zu verzeihen. Zum Geheimnis Gottes gehören neben der Barmherzigkeit auch seine Heiligkeit und Gerechtigkeit. Wenn man diese Eigenschaften Gottes unterschlägt und die Sünde nicht ernst nimmt, kann man den Menschen letztlich auch nicht seine Barmherzigkeit vermitteln. Jesus begegnete der Ehebrecherin mit großem Erbarmen, sagte ihr aber auch: „Geh und sündige von jetzt an nicht mehr“ (Joh 8,11). Die Barmherzigkeit Gottes ist keine Dispens von den Geboten Gottes und den Weisungen der Kirche. Sie verleiht vielmehr die Kraft der Gnade zu ihrer Erfüllung, zum Wiederaufstehen nach dem Fall und zu einem Leben in Vollkommenheit nach dem Bild des himmlischen Vaters.’

Protect the Pope comment: If The Tablet was nasty about Archbishop Müller’s interview in Die Tagespost they’re going to have a hysterical conniption fit over his in-depth, scholarly article in  L’Osservatore Romano, ‘The Power of Grace: On the indissolubility of marriage and the debate concerning the civilly remarried and the sacraments. The excellent Fr Z comments:

‘At the core of Müller’s piece there seems to be a dismantling of all the arguments that depend mostly on “mercy” without the concomitant dimension of justice, the Lord’s own teaching, etc. This is going to be spun by the left as the Bad Guy’s attempt to stop Francis. Müller won’t be presented as the voice of reason. No, he will be the Bad Guy. Fishwrap will say something nasty about him, something personal, like, “Now that Müller is secure in his appointment as Prefect, he feels free to attack ‘mercy’.”

The Tablet got there before Fishwrap and before his article in L’Osservatore Romano. Protect the Pope will examine Archbishop Müller’s defence of the Church’s doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage in another post.–del-matrimonio-e-il-di.html&title=The%20Power%20of%20Grace&locale=en

2 comments to Tablet portrayed Müller as a bad guy about divorced & remarried even before his L’Osservatore Romano article

  • Rifleman819

    Deacon Nick ,

    This is absolutely wonderful news. For it means that Abp.Muller is a faithful , loyal and steady servant of Holy Mother Church.

    To be excoriated by the Tablet is the highest endorsement possible.


  • Joseph Matthew

    Can we please ask Ms Pepinster for a list of all the “bad guys” ? Now that the Tablet has condemned Archbishop Muller he is on my list of faithful Catholics.

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