Vatican City, Feb 8, 2019 / 16:00 pm
A former prefect of the Vatican's doctrinal office has weighed in on the Church's theological debates regarding the reception of Holy Communion by divorced and remarried Catholics and by non-Catholic Christians, as well as speaking about the ordination of women to the priesthood and other theological issues.
"Today, many Christians are no longer even aware of the basic teachings of the Faith, so there is a growing danger of missing the path to eternal life. However, it remains the very purpose of the Church to lead humanity to Jesus Christ, the light of the peoples," Cardinal Gerhard Müller wrote in a "manifesto of faith" he sent to CNA Feb. 8.
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"In this situation, the question of orientation arises. According to John Paul II, the Catechism of the Catholic Church is a 'safe standard for the doctrine of the faith.' It was written with the aim of strengthening the Faith of the brothers and sisters whose belief has been massively questioned by the 'dictatorship of relativism,'" Müller added.
The cardinal was prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 2012 to 2017. He was before that Bishop of Regensburg, Germany. Müller's five-year term as prefect of the doctrinal office concluded in 2017 and was not renewed.