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Müller is out. Prepare for the worst.

by Christopher A. Ferrara
July 3, 2017

So, with dreary predictability, Cardinal Müller has been removed as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — almost literally at the stroke of midnight on the day his five year term as Prefect expired. There is no precedent for not renewing the term of a CDF head who had not reached the retirement age of 75 (Müller is only 69).

Müller’s replacement is the former CDF Secretary, Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, a Jesuit and a Pope Benedict appointee. While perhaps not a flaming Modernist ideologue, Ladaria can certainly be counted upon to do the bidding of the Pope who is also a Jesuit and who has made clear his intention to impose “irreversible reforms” on the Church in a great hurry, given his advanced age.

In that regard, quite ominously, Ladaria happens to be head of the patently subversive commission Pope Bergoglio empaneled to “study” — read: find a devious way to authorize — the novelty of women “deacons” in the Church.

The Modernist Jesuit organ America is delighted with Ladraria’s appointment, exulting that “It is destined to have far-reaching consequences, not the least of which is to ensure that the C.D.F. and its prefect are rowing with and not against the pope on key issues, including the interpretation of ‘Amoris Laetitia’ [i.e., Holy Communion for public adulterers], synodality and cooperation with the commission for the protection of minors.”

And deaconesses. And the “reinterpretation” — read: overthrow — of Humane Vitae. And the new “ecumenical” liturgy to be celebrated jointly with Protestants. And anything else Pope Bergoglio would like to impose upon the Church, but always in the same manner. That is, without daring to commit the authority of the papal office to an actual mandate to depart from Tradition, but rather letting his intention be known through plausibly deniable acts by his handpicked subordinates, while desperate “conservatives” argue that the Pope has been misinterpreted. In short, precisely as Pope Bergoglio has done with Amoris Laetitia.

I must agree with Roberto de Mattei that Cardinal Müller’s “containment” strategy respecting the advance of Bergoglianism contained nothing but only allowed the damage to spread. By pretending that nothing was amiss with Amoris Laetitia; by piously reciting the Church’s traditional teaching in press interviews while refusing to acknowledge that it was under direct attack by the Pope and his henchmen; by not only failing to support the four dubia cardinals, but on the contrary throwing them under the wheels of the Bergoglian express train, Müller ending up being worse than nothing respecting defense of the doctrines of the Faith.

As de Mattei sagely reminds us, “The lesson of history is that he who does not fight in order not to lose, after failure will know defeat.” And now, humanly speaking, the doctrines of the faith are at the mercy of a Pope who — incredibly enough — has spent the past four years belittling staunch Catholic orthodoxy, and a Prefect of the CDF who will do whatever that Pope tells him.

Prepare for the worst. But hope and pray for the best, remembering the consolation given by Our Lady of Good Success in view of the coming age of heresy and confusion in the 20th century:

“In order to free men from bondage to these heresies, those whom the merciful love of My Most Holy Son will destine for that restoration will need great strength of will, constancy, valor and confidence in God. To test this faith and confidence of the just, there will be occasions in which everything will seem to be lost and paralyzed. This will be, then, the happy beginning of the complete restoration.”