The Tablet (UK)
10 July 2017 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
'Church’s social teaching must also be applied to the way employees are treated here in Rome', Müller told a German newspaper
Cardinal Gerhard Müller, who was informed by Pope Francis on 30 June that his mandate as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) would not be prolonged, has sharply criticised the way in which the Pope dismissed him.
“The Pope informed me within one minute of his decision not to prolong my mandate. He did not give a reason, just as he gave no reasons for dismissing three highly competent members of the CDF a few months ago. I cannot accept this way of doing things. As a bishop one cannot treat people in this way. The Church’s social teaching must also be applied to the way employees are treated here in Rome”, Müller told the Bavarian daily 'Passauer Neue Presse' on 6 July.
He had informed Cardinal Joachim Meisner of the Pope’s decision not to renew his [Müller’s] mandate in a long telephone conversation on the evening of 4 July, a few hours before Meisner unexpectedly died in his sleep. Meisner had been “particularly upset” to hear of the Pope’s decision, Müller said. “He thought it would harm the Church”.