New Head of Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith:

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 9:24 pm
New head of CDF hopes to reduce tensions in the Church   | Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller,  Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ,CDF,

Archbishop Gerhard Müller


In an interview with Vatican Radio’s Fr Bernd Hagenkord SJ on Tuesday, Archbishop Müller said: “I do not believe I was summoned by the Holy Father to fill a bureaucratic post and carry out – so to speak – a bureaucratic task, but as a theologian. So above all, I asked myself; what ails the life of the Church?

“In many countries, there is a strong polarization: Traditionalists against progressives or whatever you would call them. This must be overcome, we need to find a new and fundamental unity in the Church and individual countries.

“Unity in Christ, not a unity produced according to a program and later invoked by a partisan speaker. We are not a community of people aligned to a party program, or a community of scientific research, our unity is gifted to us. We believe in the one Church united in Christ. And if you believe in Christ, really believe – not manipulating the teachings of the Church, or singling out individual points to support your own personal ideology, but rather unconditionally entrusting yourself to Christ – then the unity of the Church is also important. Then the Church will not be – as it is sometimes described in Scripture – torn apart by jealousy and ambition. This is my underlying aim: To reduce the tensions within the Church “