Former doctrine chief denies false account of papal meeting

(Crux) The former head of the Vatican’s doctrine office denied reports claiming he was dismissed by Pope Francis due to differences in doctrinal matters.

In a story in the German Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost, journalist Guido Horst said Cardinal Gerhard Müller “could not believe his eyes” upon reading the claims written by Maike Hickson in the online journal OnePeterFive.

“‘This is not true; the conversation had been quite different,’” Horst reported that Cardinal Müller said.

OnePeterFive cited a “trustworthy German source” who quoted an eyewitness “who recently sat with Cardinal Müller at lunch in Mainz, Germany” and allegedly heard the cardinal’s account of the meeting with Francis.

The article claims the pope asked the cardinal’s stance on women’s ordination to the diaconate and priesthood, the repeal of celibacy, the exhortation on the family Amoris Laetitia and the dismissal of three employees of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

It goes on to allege that, following the cardinal’s responses, the pope said he would not renew his mandate and left the room “without any farewell or explanation.” [More]

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