Church Militant

by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. • • June 30, 2017

Speculation that Boston’s Cdl. Sean O’Malley will replace him

VATICAN ( – The Vatican’s chief doctrinal watchdog has been dismissed from his post. Reports claim Cdl. Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) — and outspoken critic of the agenda to open Holy Communion to the divorced and remarried — is being removed by Pope Francis at the end of Müller’s five-year term, July 2, 2017. Speculation is that Boston’s Cdl. Sean O’Malley may replace him.

The news follows months of rumors that Müller’s time at the CDF was nearing an end, as he became increasingly vocal about his denunciations of attempts to change Church discipline and doctrine on marriage and the sacraments. …

Spanish newspaper Clarìn speculates Cdl. O’Malley of Boston is being eyed to head the CDF, a Franciscan who has come under fire for his refusal to confront Catholic politicians, including attending a gala ceremony in honor of President Obama in May, appearing with Democrat John Kerry at a graduation ceremony in 2014, and sitting in choir at pro-abort stalwart Ted Kennedy’s funeral in 2009.

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