The Vatican's doctrinal chief Cardinal Gerhard Müller says that bishops have been "blinded by secularized society" and are being pulled away from the teachings of the Catholic Church.
The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith made his comments in an interview with the popular Polish website Nasz Dziennik, according to Breitbart
He said that "unfortunately, representatives of the Church, including bishops," have been so influenced by secular society that they have been "pulled far from the central question of the faith and the teachings of the Church."
The prefect blamed the media, international organizations, and various governments for the growing crisis in the Catholic faith, saying they had been "sowing confusion in people's minds."
Müller said, "In many countries, relationships are destroyed, and this also applies to the Christian model of marriage and family. The truth of marriage and the family is relativized."
These trends, he said, "have found their way into the church and among the bishops. We have Christ and the Gospel. This is our point of reference, and the foundation for the only correct teaching of the Church."
Müller noted that the Church "has no power to change that which comes from the teaching of Christ," Breitbart reported.
He added, "With respect to marriage, this is primarily defined by the words, 'What God has joined together, man must not divide.'"
The prefect also emphasized the church's policy against gay marriage and homosexuality, noting that "these acts are contrary to the natural law and are sinful."
"Pope Francis has said he is not trying to create some new doctrine for the Church, but he is trying to show that no one is judged by the Church because of their homosexual orientation. No one is trying to discriminate against these people," Müller said.
"But you have to make it clear that the Church considers homosexual acts as sinful."
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