Cardinal Mario Grech is under attack from the ultra-conservatives: he was accused by a fellow cardinal of subverting the Gospel and the teaching of the Catholic Church.
In an interview on October 6th on EWTN’s The World Over with Raymond Arroyo, a very influential Catholic program widely followed by an international audience, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, has directly accused Cardinal Mario Grech of being an accomplice and abetter in the ‘hostile takeover of the church’, a usurper of Christ’s authority and of subverting God.
Given that Cardinal Müller was none other than the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), and thereby heading the body responsible for promulgating and defending Catholic doctrine, these are extremely grave accusations that cannot be simply brushed away.
You can watch the full interview below, but it is important that I provide an accurate transcript of Cardinal Müller’s responses to the questions which directly involve Cardinal Mario Grech:
“Your Eminence, Cardinal Mario Grech, who is the secretary-general of the Synod of Bishops, spoke to 200 U.S. Catholic leaders last month in Rome. He talked of “complicated issues” — that’s what he called them, such as divorced-and-remarried people receiving Communion, blessing same-sex couples — and he said the following: “These are not to be understood simply in terms of doctrine, but in terms of God’s ongoing encounter with human beings. What has the Church to fear if these two groups within the faithful are given the opportunity to express their intimate sense of spiritual realities which they experience? Might this be an opportunity for the Church, to listen to the Holy Spirit, speaking through them also.” Your thoughts, when you hear that? Setting up doctrine against God’s ongoing experience with mankind.”
That is a hermeneutic of the old cultural Protestantism; and observe modernism: That is the individual experience, as the same level as objective revelation of God. And God is only a wall to you, which you can project your proper ideas, and to make certain populism in the Church; and surely everybody outside of the Church who want to destroy the Catholic Church, and the fundaments, they are very glad about these declarations. But it is obvious that is absolutely against the Catholic doctrine. We have Revelation of God in Jesus Christ. And it is definitely closed and finished in Jesus Christ. … This is absolutely clear: that Jesus has spoken about the indissolubility of matrimony. And how is it possible that Cardinal Grech is more intelligent than Jesus Christ, where he takes his authority to relativize, to subvert of God?
“Your Eminence, I hear from Protestant pastors, Jewish rabbis every day, about the importance, the way they consider the importance of the Catholic Church, because it is the center. And they said that we we have to pray for the Church, that it holds, because if the Church falls apart, we all fall apart in some ways. I want to show you something: This week, the official Twitter account of the Vatican synod tweeted out the following from Cardinal Grech regarding the synod and the Second Vatican Council. He said: “A correct reception of the council’s ecclesiology is activating such fruitful processes as to open up scenarios that not even the council had imagined, and in which the actions of the Spirit that guides the church is made manifest.” What does that mean to you?”
That is coming from the authority of Cardinal Grech, his own revelation for him. And not only this: It is a theory about so-called processes, which are overcoming Revelation. And everybody knows who studied the first semester of theology: The Church and the authorities in the Church cannot change the Revelation …to found a new church according to things and then use all the offices speaking about the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not a way of Presbyterianism, or all these pneumatic movements outside of the Catholic Church … substituting Jesus Christ. It is the Spirit of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit that will introduce us into full truths, but once said forever, revealed in Jesus Christ, and therefore not an impulse only for one process which leads us in the end against the Revelation; and, therefore, we have a clear Apostolic Creed. I am wondering that, and how he is presenting a new hermeneutic of the Catholic faith only because as Cardinal Grech here presents himself as a super authority, he is not a recognized theologian, he has no importance in the academic theology he is the secretary of the synod, which has no authority about the doctrine of the Church; and all these Synods of Bishops and the process has no authority, in no way a magisterial authority.
Cardinal Grech has been entrusted with overseeing the synodal process within the church but there is a section of Catholics who suspect that it is nothing more than a Trojan horse to subvert the magisterial teachings of the Church and of Revelation and replace them with Woke ideology. Cardinal Müller is one of them. He did not beat about the bush and described the whole process as:
“I think the approach is wrong. … We have to listen to the word of God. And then put it into practice. …
“The aim of this ideology … was to instrumentalize Catholic Church on the face, for promoting their own ideas….
“.. In the Church, we have nothing to do with political power, and self-representation, but we have to follow the will of God and be responsible for the salvation of all mankind, and we have to cooperate with the will of God. We have the mission of Jesus Christ, to lead everybody towards salvation, to Jesus Christ, who is the only Redeemer, not to self-creation, to self-redemption. It’s all manipulated [these ideas], of ideology, and that has nothing to do with the Gospel and the doctrine of the Catholic Church..
“..The basis of the Church is the word of God as a revelation … not our strange reflections. … This [agenda] is a system of self-revelation. This occupation of the Catholic Church is a hostile takeover of the Church of Jesus Christ… And if you look at only one page, or read one page of the Gospel, you’ll see that it has nothing to do with Jesus Christ… and [in this agenda] they think that doctrine is only like a program of a political party, who can change it according to their votes..
“If they succeed, it will be the end of the Catholic Church. And we must resist it like the old heretics of Arianism. When Arias thought, according to his ideas, what can God do and what can God not do? And it is irrationalism: human, the intellect to decide what is true and what is wrong.”
Once described by the local liberal media as an ‘ultra-conservative’, Cardinal Mario Grech is now being portrayed by another cardinal and the foreign press as an ultra-liberal within the church.
Watch the full interview here:
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Is cardinal muller the only and infallible theologoan in the church? I think that there will be theologians in the synod Cardinal grech is only the secretary.
I FRANKLY DO NOT LIKE IT WHEN THE CHURCH MAKES CERTAIN MOVES OR CHANGES TO ACCOMODATE CERTAIN PEOPLE. THE WORD OF GOD NEVER CHANGES.I ALSO DO NOT LIKE THE WAY CARDINAL ZEN IS ALMOST BEING FORGOTTEN BY HIS OWN CHURCH. IT IS SIMPLY NOT THE WAY TO TREAT A DEAR FELLOW CHRISTIAN WHO IS BEING PERSECUTED FOR HIS TEACHINGS.