EWTN: Cardinal Müller Requests That Vatican Intervene in German ‘Synodal Path’

There are many who say that the Pope was referring to EWTN when he spoke in Slovakia.  

Newsroom (30/10/2021 12:37, Gaudium Press ) Speaking in fluent English (with a bit of a German accent), Cardinal Gerhard Müller, former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was interviewed on the World Over Program of the Catholic television network EWTN, broadcast on 21 October.

Among other topics, the German cardinal referred to the deviations of the ‘synodal journey’ taking place in his country, and has asked the Holy See to intervene in this process. The cardinal urged the Vatican to indicate “the distinction between the Catholic faith and some of the heretical ideas that are being promulgated in the country.”

Regarding the “many priests” who have given “blessings” to homosexual couples in recent days, the Cardinal stated that “God’s blessing is for marriage between a man and a woman.”

Since it is a program widely seen in the Anglo-Saxon world, Cardinal Müller also commented on the recent meeting that took place between the Pope and the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi refers to herself as a Catholic, and yet is one of the greatest promoters of abortion in her country. Regarding that meeting, Cardinal Müller said he “hoped that the Pope would clearly tell Pelosi that, as a Catholic, she can in no way project abortion as a human right.”

The Pope’s comments in Bratislava

The interview granted to the EWTN network has also made news because of some statements made by Pope Francis during a meeting with the Jesuits at the Nunciature in Bratislava, statements which supposedly referred to EWTN : “(…) there is a large Catholic television network that continually speaks ill of the Pope without any problem. I may personally deserve these attacks and insults, because I am a sinner, but the Church does not deserve this: it is the work of the devil.”

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It has been widely interpreted that these statements of the Pontiff refer to the television and communications network founded by Mother Angelica. The renowned Archbishop Charles Chaput, Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia, formerly a member of EWTN’s board of directors, commented:

“It is surprising to hear that a pope is so publicly and personally sensitive to notice the ill disposition of some commentators and a modest network (by secular standards) based on another continent,” Monsignor Chaput said in the publication, ‘First Things’.

Compiled by Sandra Chisholm

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