It’s somewhat ironic that, shortly after I posted an item earlier today about the homophobia suffered by a lesbian at a school in Oregon, I learned that German cardinal Gerhard Müller – prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 2012 until June 2017 – has claimed that that homophobia ‘simply doesn’t exist’.
According to this report, he said that homophobia:
Is an invention, an instrument of totalitarian dominion over the minds of others.
Speaking after the May 17 World Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the ultra-conservative said:
Müller’s comments came in a conversation with Italian blogger Costanza Miriano.
The homosexual movement doesn’t have scientific arguments, so it’s constructed an ideology that wants to dominate, seeking to construct its own reality. It’s the Marxist scheme, according to which it’s not reality that builds thought, it’s thought that builds reality.
Whoever doesn’t accept this thought is considered sick, as if, among other things, illness could be treated with police and courts.
In the Soviet Union, Christians were put into insane asylums, which are the means of totalitarian regimes such as National Socialism and Communism. Today in North Korea, the same fate awaits anyone who doesn’t accept the dominant thinking.
Müller was effectively sacked from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith by Pope Francis because he failed to deliver on a promise to deal with more than 2,000 outstanding cases of alleged clerical abuse.
Though Müller never openly broke with Pope Francis, nevertheless his ambivalence over some of the pontiff’s moves, including his cautious opening to Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics in Amoris Laetitia, was always clear.
In the interview, Miriano asked Müller for his reaction to bishops who promote prayer vigils or other events around the World Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. He replied:
Some bishops today don’t have the courage to speak the truth, and allow themselves to be intimidated. They don’t understand that homophobia is a hoax that serves to threaten people.
Today, people are being scared by psycho-terrorism, taking advantage of their ignorance.
Müller acknowledged that Christians are called to love all persons, including those with a same-sex attraction, but added:
It has to be clear that loving someone doesn’t mean obedience to gender ideology. The reality is, there’s just man and woman. There are two sexes, that’s the reality, and everything else is an interpretation.