According to media reports, Cardinal Müller does not rule out Communion for the divorced and remarried “in extreme individual cases.” To be sure, no general admission to Communion can be allowed for such members of the faithful, the leader of the CDF said, according to Focus. But in certain there can still be “admission in the realm of conscience.” With respect to a document published by Pope John Paul II, Müller said according to the magazine, “one can keep on thinking in this direction.” In this, one must move forward in line with “theologically responsible standpoints.”
German-language media report that there is consideration in the Vatican for the establishment at local levels of an advisory council, a “forum internum,” which would “formulate particular rules and standpoints for the realm of conscience and give proper advice to those concerned,” according to a member of the curia. But in all this, care must be taken that the sacrament of marriage is not called into question.
German media are saying that the German-language discussion group could play a decisive role. The synod participants discuss in language circles – and the highest guardian of doctrine, Müller, and the spearhead of the reformers, former curia cardinal Walter Kaspar, belong to the German circle. “If this group, gathered around these two, comes to agreement, then that is the equivalent of squaring the circle, for everything has the stamp of the doctrine prefect,” said a Vatican insider.