His Holiness of Our Lord Pope Benedict XVI has seen fit to name Archbishop Raymond Burke a Cardinal of Holy Church.
The National Catholic Fishwrap is not very pleased.
They won’t take the swipe directly. They use surrogates.
Tom Roberts reprints something from a priest Milwaukee, Fr. James Connell, who threw a little nutty about Burke’s appointment calling it “unfortunate and disconcerting.”
They have together, and I think you’ll agree, earned the WDTPRS Bitter Fruit Award.
The attack on soon-to-be-CARDINAL Burke has to do with the Dallas Charter.
The Milwaukee priest thinks Burke did something wrong regarding those provisions, that Burke disregarded the Church’s laws. Most people will simply scoff at that. I will go so far as to suggest that Archbp. Burke probably understood the parameters of the Dallas Charter and his own role as diocesan bishop pretty well.
The Milwaukee priest also thinks that Burke was unreasonable in requiring that people who make an accusation against a priest should have to offer proof.
Furthermore, the Milwaukee priest notes that the laws Burke set down for the Diocese of LaCrosse way back when are still on the diocesan website today. We might point out that Burke hasn’t been bishop there for a long time now.
We might also point out that this Milwaukee priest is actually criticizing his own ordinary in Milwaukee. The present Archbishop of Milwaukee H.E. Most REv. Jerome Listecki, was Burke’s successor in LaCrosse. Listecki chose to keep Burke’s norms. Thus, Fr. James Connell is also attacking Archbp. Listecki.
The priest in Milwaukee didn’t think this through very well before sending his attack on Burke to the NCR. NCR was nevertheless happy to use it to attack Archbp. Burke, thus instrumentalizing that priest in his naivete.
This should play well for subscribers of the National Catholic Fishwrap.
Check out Fr. Sotelo’s comment, below.