Cardinal Gerhard Müller: Pope would ‘automatically’ lose his office by teaching heresy

‘The pope is the perennial principle and foundation of the unity of the Church,’ Cardinal Müller writes in a new essay for First Things. ‘But the Church is not centralized in him, as if he were the …More
‘The pope is the perennial principle and foundation of the unity of the Church,’ Cardinal Müller writes in a new essay for First Things. ‘But the Church is not centralized in him, as if he were the supreme leader of a totalitarian party.’
“To teach contrary to the apostolic faith would automatically deprive the pope of his office,” he wrote in an opinion piece published on Friday in the religious journal First Things. “We must all pray and work courageously to spare the Church such an ordeal.”

“The pope is the perennial principle and foundation of the unity of the Church,” he said. “But the Church is not centralized in him, as if he were the supreme leader of a totalitarian party.”
Cardinal Müller stated this position before in an interview in November 2022, in which he said, “In an extreme case, a pope could become a heretic as a private person and thus automatically lose his office if the contradiction to the revelation and the dogmatic teaching of the Church is evident.”
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Hound of Heaven
When the term 'heresy' seems to be fudged with respect to Bergoglio, as even Cardinal Müller, who is a good prelate, does at times, they would have a particularly difficult time turfing him when push came to shove. Bergoglio's behavior indicates that he depends, nay, relies, upon that hesitancy to act. Strong words, weak actions.