The Catholic blogosphere is complaining about German Bishop Heiner Wilmer, due to a circulating claim that he may soon become the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (now called a Dicastery). Here is one article at NCRegister.com, citing statements from the Bishop called “heterodox”. I can’t be the judge of the soul of that Bishop, but multiple public statement by him are clearly heretical. Wilmer supports the most controversial of the German Synod’s, positions already rejected by the Holy See after the Synod voted on them. Some of these positions are material heresy, such as rejecting Catholic teaching on sexual ethics and instead approving of homosexual acts.
What if Wilmer is chosen by Pope Francis as the Prefect of the CDF? The Church remains indefectible, at all times, in all circumstances, due to the promise and prayer of Christ (Mt 16:18; Lk 22:32) and the effectiveness of the Holy Spirit. Neither free will nor sin can overcome the power of God in the Church. Recall that prevenient grace is God operating, not cooperating; such grace is always effective.
Pope Francis did not accept the heretical and/or heterodox proposals of the German Synod, regardless of the voting count. Neither will he accept any heresy or grave error from the CDF, no matter who may be its leader. For each and every Pope has the charism of truth and never-failing faith.
Also, I have faith in the work of God’s grace (prevenient and subsequent, habitual and actual) to guard the Church and guide the Church, including and exceeding the promise of Christ to keep the Church indefectible.
The false conclusion so often implied by those who attack Pope Francis is that the Church would go astray if not for THEM (rather than if not for Christ). They implicitly seek to replace Christ as the eternal head of the Church, His Body, with their own judgments and that of the subculture they represent. To the contrary, the Church depends for Her indefectibility on the charisms given to the Roman Pontiff and to the body of Bishops, appointed by Christ and the Holy Spirit to guide the Church. These papal accusers were never appointed by Christ at any time to teach or correct the true Shepherds of the Church.
God is the judge over individual Bishops who may have erred or gone astray to one extent or another. But I have no concerns over the appointment of any particular Bishop to one position or another in the Holy See.
Ronald L. Conte Jr.