Card. Müller on Traditionis custodes: “questionable assertions and evaluations in content and form” | Fr. Z’s Blog

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I received an interesting press release today which points to a serious problem that arises from the incoherent and intentionally cruel Traditionis custodes, the legacy document of Francis, his Plessy v. Ferguson.

Card. Müller on Traditionis custodes: “questionable assertions and evaluations in content and form” | Fr. Z’s Blog

My emphases:

Cardinal Müller criticizes restriction of the Traditional Roman Liturgy

Bad Schmiedeberg/Campos/Rom, 9.12.2021. The Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Gerhard L. Cardinal Müller, has criticized Pope Francis’ motu proprio Traditionis custodes.

According to Müller, the document contains “questionable assertions and evaluations in content and form.” Consequently, he said, “there is no rupture between the previous tradition up to the Council of Trent, Vatican I, and Vatican II.” With the document, the Pope has severely restricted the use of the form of the liturgy as it had been in use before the Second Vatican Council and allowed again by Benedict XVI.

The former curia cardinal points out that ecclesiastical authority does a disservice to the Church with “with rigid insistence on blind obedience, which contradicts the reason of the Christian faith and the freedom of a Christian.”

Criticism of the style of office of individual Popes or bishops and of the technical-theological quality of their decisions and texts is thus not in conflict with “the unbreakable loyalty of a true Catholic to the Pope and the Bishops,” the cardinal said in the preface to the German edition of “Tradition and Living Magisterium” by Brazilian Bishop Fernando Arêas Rifan.

The most urgent task of the pope and all bishops today, he said, is “to overcome the senseless opposition and power struggle of so-called traditionalists and progressives and, instead of pouring oil on fire, to prove themselves mediators of peace and servants of unity in the Church.”


About the author

Bishop Fernando Arêas Rifan has long been close to the Society of St. Pius X. Convinced that the current ecclesiastical situation can only be correctly assessed on the basis of the constant teaching of the Church, the priests of the diocese of Campos (Brazil), who were associated with the ancient Roman Mass, returned to ecclesiastical unity under his decisive influence. Pope John Paul II established the Apostolic Administration of St. Johannes Maria Vianney. Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos consecrated Bishop Rifan on August 12, 2002 as Coautor Bishop Licinio Rangel, who was succeeded by Rifan a few months later..

Bibliographical information
Bishop Fernando Arêas Rifan, Tradition und lebendiges Lehramt. Pastorale Wegweisung
Bad Schmiedeberg 2022, 1st edition, 156 pages,
ISBN 978-3-95621-155-3, 15 Euro,
Translation by Rv. Paolo D’Angona. Preface by Gerhard L. Cardinal Müller

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