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Indissolubility of marriage should be seen as dogma, CDF head Mueller says

Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, says that the indissolubility of marriage should be considered a dogma.
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Remarks by Cardinal Gerhard Muller, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as part of a new full-length book interview, claim that the Church's teaching on the indissolubility of Marriage, which comes directly from the teaching of Christ as recorded in Mark 10:1-12, ought to be seen as a dogma of the Church. If that is so, then no one could claim to be in union with the Holy See and deny it. The statement is viewed by some as part of the contribution of Cardinal Muller and the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith to the forthcoming Synod on the Family on October 5-19.

“The total indissolubility of a valid marriage is not a mere doctrine, it is a divine and definitive dogma of the Church,” Cardinal Muller declared, saying that the idea that someone can merely leave their spouse and "start life over again" to be misguided. “These theories are radically mistaken,” the Cardinal pointed out, “one cannot declare a marriage to be extinct on the pretext that the love between the spouses is ‘dead’, because the indissolubility of marriage does not depend on human sentiments, whether permanent or transitory. This property of marriage is intended by God himself. The Lord is involved in marriage between man and woman, which is why the bond exists and has its origin in God. This is the difference,” Muller explained. The Cardinal explained that many misunderstandings of what really constitutes a marriage, even among Catholics, come from a Western society that has become too individualistic. “In a world that is angrily individualistic and subjectivist, marriage is not perceived anymore as an opportunity for the human being to achieve his completeness, sharing love,” the Cardinal said in comments that will soon appear in The Hope of the Family. “Someone is called to announce once again God, the loving Trinity! We should announce the revealed God who calls all of us to be part of his relational being.”

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