ROME (LifeSiteNews) — Rome Life Forum attendees will be able to meet and speak to Cardinal Gerhard Müller at this year’s event.
This autumn, from October 31 to November 1, Cardinal Müller, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), will join Catholic leaders at the 2023 Rome Life Forum. The two-day strategy conference will be held immediately after the Vatican’s Synod on Synodality, which threatens to formalize heretical teachings on the family.
Cardinal Müller’s life in service of the Church
Cardinal Gerhard Müller was born in Germany on December 31, 1947 in Finhem, a town close to the city of Mainz. His father, Martin Müller, worked at a car manufacturing firm, and his mother, Lioba, was a housewife. He had a very bright mind and studied philosophy and theology in Mainz, Munich, and Freiburg im Breisgau, earning his doctorate in 1977.
He was ordained a priest in his hometown Mainz-Finthen in 1978 and became a professor in 1985, taking over as chair of Dogmatic Theology at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich in 1986, where he is still an honorary professor today.
In 2002, Pope John Paul II nominated Müller as the bishop of Regensburg. He was consecrated bishop in the Regensburg Cathedral on November 24, 2002, the feast of Christ the King. The then prefect of the CDF and later Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who had taught at the University of Regensburg for years, was present at Müller’s consecration.
As bishop of Regensburg, Müller revived the 600-year-old tradition “Pfingstritt zu Kötzing” (Kötzting Pentecostal Ride), a Eucharistic procession that attracts around 40,000 participants every year.
In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI nominated Müller as prefect of the CDF, considered by many as the second highest position in the Catholic Church. Benedict also made Müller the head of the International Theological Commission, the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei,” which dealt with groups devoted to the Traditional Latin Mass within the Church. Müller was elevated to archbishop by Benedict and was created a cardinal by Pope Francis in 2014.
A voice for the truth in a time of tribulation
Müller served as prefect of the CDF from 2012 to 2017 and attempted to defend the Church’s doctrine as best as he could under Pope Francis’ increasingly heterodox pontificate. He tried to interpret the Pope’s statements and writings in an orthodox manner and always stressed his loyalty to the papacy and the Catholic Church. Müller was let go as head of the CDF by Francis in 2017 without a reason given, a move that surprised Müller as it came very suddenly and unexpectedly for him.
In October 2022, the German prelate gave an explosive interview in which he called Francis’ heterodox Synod on Synodality a “hostile takeover of the Church.”
Müller not only criticized the “hostile takeover” by the Deep Church but also went after the Deep State, blasting Klaus Schwab’s globalist Great Reset agenda and calling out oligarchs George Soros and Bill Gates by name for supporting a “diabolic” New World Order.
The German cardinal also stood by the side of persecuted Catholics in the United States when he personally visited Mark Houck and his family to express his support after the FBI unjustly arrested the Catholic father in his home in front of his children.
Attendees of the Rome Life Forum will have the opportunity to actively participate in all forum strategy sessions with our guest speakers. Other guest speakers include Bishop Athanasius Schneider, freedom activist Reggie Littlejohn, the president of the pro-life Women’s Rights without Frontiers, and LifeSite’s own John-Henry Westen, among others.
The conference will take place in the four-star A.Roma LifeStyle Hotel. Off the beaten track, the hotel is nevertheless just a 30-minute bus ride from St. Peter’s Square. In addition, October and November are well-known to be part of Rome’s “off-season,” providing visitors with more space – and cooler temperatures – in which to make pilgrimages to the city’s spiritual and cultural treasures.