Rome, Italy, Aug 2, 2022 / 16:00 pm
Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has sharply criticized the Synodal Way in Germany.
In an interview with EWTN Vatican / CNA Deutsch, the 74-year-old cardinal said that the Synodal Way, declared a "reform process” by its initiators, is “over” and was on an "anti-Catholic, wrong track."
The Holy See issued a statement June 21 noting that the Synodal Way was "not authorized" to "oblige the bishops and the faithful to adopt new forms of governance and new orientations of doctrine and morals." It was "necessary" to clarify this in order to "safeguard the freedom of the people of God and the exercise of the episcopal ministry."
The Synodal Presidium — consisting of the German Bishops' Conference and the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK) — then accused the Vatican of a lack of willingness to communicate. It stated: "Unfortunately, the synodal presidium has not been invited to a conversation until today. That this direct communication does not take place so far, we regret irritated. Synodal church goes after our understanding differently! This also applies to the way of today's communication, which astonishes us. It does not testify to a good style of communication within the Church when statements are published that are not signed by name."