Monday, January 20, 2014

Pope Aide Urges Doctrine Head to "Loosen Up;" Abp. Gerhard Mueller Should Be More Flexible

An influential aide to Pope Francis criticized the Vatican's doctrinal watchdog today (January 20, 2014), and urged the conservative prelate to be more flexible about reforms being discussed in the Roman Catholic Church, the Reuters website reports.

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, the head of a "kitchen cabinet" the pope created to draw up reform proposals, said that Archbishop Gerhard Mueller -- who has opposed any loosening of Church rules on divorce -- was a classic German theology professor who thought too much in rigid black-and-white terms.

"The world isn't like that, my brother," Rodriguez said in a German newspaper interview, rhetorically addressing Mueller in a rare public criticism among senior Catholic Church figures.

"You should be a bit flexible when you hear other voices, so you don't just listen and say 'here is the wall,'" Rodriguez said in an interview with the daily Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger.

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