A "highly-placed Vatican source" is accusing Pope Francis of pushing a Vatican cardinal out of his position as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in June 2017, and dismissing three CDF priests because they had all tried to loyally follow Church teaching concerning abusive clergymen.
According to LifeSiteNews, a "very trustworthy and well-informed" Vatican source said Cardinal Gerhard Müller "had always followed the Church's laws with regard to abuse cases."
There are some who would dispute that, however, including Marie Collins, an Irish sexual abuse survivor, who resigned in disgust from Pope Francis' Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, complaining that the group’s work had been thwarted by resistance from within Müller's CDF.
But Pope Francis, the source charges, was behind the "merciful" treatment multiple abusive clerics received in recent years, including serial molester Father Mauro Inzoli, the infamous deviant Monsignor Luigi "Cocaine" Capozzi, and alleged perv Cardinal McCarrick.
“Cardinal Müller had always decidedly and most sharply followed up on these abuse cases, and that is why he was dismissed, just as his three good collaborators [the three CDF priests] were also dismissed,” the source said, according to LifeSite.
In one specific case, Müller opposed the Pope's wanting to re-instate Don Mauro Inzoli, an unmistakably cruel abuser of many boys; but the Pope would not listen to Müller. In another case, the Pope decided not to give a Vatican apartment to one of Müller's own secretaries, but to the now-infamous Monsignor Luigi Capozzi, in spite of the fact that someone had warned the Pope about Capozzi's grave problems.
Father Mauro Inzoli was nicknamed “Don Mercedes” because he was into flashy cars and living large. He was also a serial molester of little boys -- in the confessional. Some were as young as twelve years old. The crimes reportedly took place between 2004 and 2008.
Pope Benedict XVI rightly removed Inzoli from the priesthood in 2012 after he was found guilty of abusing boys by an ecclesiastical court. According to the Vatican source, “the pope decided differently.”
However, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio and Monsignor Pio Vito Pinto interceded for Inzoli to the newly elected Pope Francis. Ignoring the advice of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Francis made the controversial decision in 2014 to return Inzoli to the priesthood. Directed to live a life of “humility and prayer,” Inzoli nevertheless attended an Italian conference on the family in 2015.
In 2016, then 66-year-old Inzoli was found guilty in an Italian court of more than “a hundred episodes” of sexual violence against five boys between the ages of 12 and 16 and sentenced to four years and nine months in prison.
Unable to ignore this awkward development, the Vatican was forced to initiate a new canonical trial.
It wasn't until May 20, 2017, after Inzoli was convicted in both a court of law and a second ecclesiastical trial, that Pope Francis finally stripped the ephebophile of his priestly faculties.
Cardinal Müller was dismissed by Pope Francis a month later without any advance notice after the cardinal criticized the pope in public.
In an interview with EWTN's Raymond Arroyo on May 25, 2017, Müller confirmed a report alleging that Pope Francis had dismissed three of Müller's best CDF priests without any prior notice or explanation. The pope reportedly said at the time: “And I am the pope, I do not need to give reasons for any of my decisions. I have decided that they have to leave and they have to leave.”
After that, Cardinal Müller rebuked the pope, telling Arroyo, “ We can dismiss only people if they make a mistake and the criteria for our collaborators in our Congregation must be the orthodoxy and the integrity of moral and priestly life and the competence in the matter and other 'criterias,' must speak Italian or we need people of different languages and cultures.”