Pope’s doctrine head: We can’t adapt doctrine to suit secularists or ‘superficial’ Christians

by Maike Hickson  |  published on May 5, 2015

In an interview with the French Catholic bi-weekly journal, La Vie, which was published on April 29, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, once more defended the teaching of the Catholic Church on Marriage.

When questioned about the possibility of allowing “remarried” divorcees to the Sacraments, as proposed by Cardinal Walter Kasper, Cardinal Müller states:

Cardinal Kasper has presented a hypothesis in order to help persons who live in a relationship which, according to the Church, is not sacramental. We all agree about the desire to help our brothers and sisters concerning this situation. But how? The doctrine of the Church is not a theory, it reposes upon the fidelity to the Word of God. The marriage between two baptized persons is an effective sacrament, an objective reality. It is impossible to dissolve a sacramental marriage with all its constitutive attributes of liberty, indissolubility, fidelity and of fruitfulness. As Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith I have to present the doctrine of the Church. The Church cannot change the sacramentality of marriage; one promises to be faithful until death.

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