Thursday, September 24, 2015

Pope Francis’ doctrine chief: The Church cannot give in to the totalitarian spirit of the age

Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
ROME, September 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis’ doctrine chief emphasized earlier this month that the Church cannot give into the totalitarian impulse in modern society, but instead must bear witness to the true freedom found in the Cross.

As LifeSiteNews reported, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has spoken clearly against the spirit of heresy and revolt among the German Bishops in a talk he gave in Regensburg, Germany, on September 1.

What was not then reported, however, was the fuller range of topics that Cardinal Müller raised in his Regensburg speech on the occasion of the release of the German version of Cardinal Robert Sarah's new book, God or Nothing. Now that the CDF itself has published the entire speech on its website (parts of it are available in English translation here) it is possible to report more adequately on this important talk.

Cardinal Müller speaks in his speech about our own “age of the creeping or noisy de-Christianization of the Global Society” and hence about the “question of the survival of Christianity in the world of today and tomorrow.”  He sees that, since man turns more and more away from God, he turns himself into an idol:
Man is oriented toward the absolute. Only where God is above and in man is there found truth in freedom and justice in love. Where man tries to take power over the absolute, he turns himself into an idol who, with the help of the clench for a totalitarian dominance, brings man sternly into line and thus enslaves him by means of a political exercise of power which makes use of the media.  (more...)

Light on the peril faced by the Church, and the creeping colonization by totalitarian ideologues:

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