Card. Burke pontificating

I was pleased to see on John Sonnen’s page that Card. Burke celebrated pontifically in the Extraordinary Form at the Station Church San Nicola in Carcere.

I have a special connection with that church which I explain in today’s LENTCAzT.

Sample photos.

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25 Responses to Card. Burke pontificating

  1. Catholic87 says:

    I love this man, he is the best Cardinal that we have today! God Bless Cardinal Burke

  2. Henry Edwards says:

    I wonder . . . Why could not this Pontifical Lenten Mass today, April 9, have been in Washington, at the National Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception? Surely someone could have provided Cardinal Burke with the plane fare.

  3. HighMass says:

    Ditto to what Catholic87 Said….again I was privileged to meet His Eminence at the end of February of this year ……..a real sense of Holiness when you are in his presence!

    GOD BLESS POPE BENEDICT and his Loyal Cardinals!

  4. frjim4321 says:

    It seems that he dispensed with the cappa magna. I would assume he’s getting the message that it is not coming across well with the general Catholic population. I would give him credit for that insight.

  5. Jacob says:

    If someone has a moment, could he or she explain here in the comments Father’s connection to that church for those who can’t access the podcast? Thank you!

  6. Catholic87 says:

    Let’s hope to see that cappa magna make a come back…again! ; ) God Bless the good Cardinal Burke!

  7. cstei says:

    The Cappa Magna can only be work outside of Rome that is why he isn’t wearing it.

  8. TNCath says:

    They don’t get much better than Cardinal Burke! Ad multos gloriosque annos!

  9. Clinton says:

    The 1969 Instruction on the Dress, Titles and Coats-of-Arms of Cardinals, Bishops
    and Lesser Prelates
    states that “(t)he cappa magna, always without ermine, is no
    longer obligatory, it can be used only outside of Rome, in circumstances of very special
    solemnity”. Cstei’s comment @ 9:45 is correct– by the 1969 Instruction, Cardinal Burke
    would not wear the cappa magna while in Rome.

    Because His Eminence did not wear the cappa magna at this Mass in Rome should not be
    taken as a sign that he has decided to set aside wearing one altogether. Rather, it is a sign
    that Cardinal Burke is a man for whom rubrics and customs have meaning.

    I especially like the last photo, with the Cardinal and the other ministers gathered
    before the altar, standing over the entry to the crypt below, with what looks to be ten
    reliquaries set around them. There we can see the Church Triumphant in the relics of
    generations of saints gathered around the Church Militant in the Cardinal and all the others
    present at that Mass. Lovely, and comforting.

  10. Just look at the SIZE of that mitre! It may be the same one he wore in Sydney last month, and if so it’s about as tall as his eminence.

    God bless him, and viva il papa!

  11. Liz says:

    I just love John Sonnen’s website. The photos are always so beautiful and you get to see so many exciting aspects of our Church. It’s wonderful! I often call the children over to the computer to see some of this beauty.

  12. robtbrown says:

    frjim4321 says:

    It seems that he dispensed with the cappa magna. I would assume he’s getting the message that it is not coming across well with the general Catholic population. I would give him credit for that insight.

    That comment raises another question. From what you’ve said here, you’ve been ordained for about 20 years. Unless you’re in the diocese of Lincoln, NE, you have been a witness to and active participant in the overall failure of the Church in America–few vocations to the priesthood and religious life,marriage failures, inattention to Catholic teaching–not only moral but also matters of faith (e.g., the Eucharist) . . . I could go on and on.

    So my question is: What changes have you made to come across better with the general Catholic population?

  13. nanetteclaret says:

    Cardinal Burke is awesome! I wrote to him a few years ago when he was still in St. Louis and he took the time to actually answer my letter – and I wasn’t even in his diocese! (My own bishop never bothered to answer my recent letter to him, but he made sure to cash my check to the Bishop’s Appeal Fund.) Cardinal Burke is not only holy and faithful to the Church, but he is very loving and pastoral. He took an interest in my concern and gave me pastoral advice. If only more priests were like him!

  14. RichR says:

    I think one reason why this faithful bishop is singled out as the face of orthodoxy is not simply his fidelity to the Church and HF, but because he looks like a Rock. The liberal media uses his face for the “intransigent old man in Rome” cliche, but loyal Papists just love it because he looks like General Patton and leads well.

  15. Henry Edwards says:

    Dr. Brown: Unless you’re in the diocese of Lincoln, NE, you have been a witness to and active participant in the overall failure of the Church in America–few vocations to the priesthood . . .

    I suspect it may depend even more on parish and pastor than on diocese and bishop. In my observation, parishes that have orthodox and faithful priests and maintain orthodox liturgy and devotions–over a period of time–produce vocations steadily. And, conversely, when a parish of reasonable size produces no vocations, that’s a tip-off that something’s lacking in its pastoral leadership.

    Of course, in most traditional communities, vocation statistics are beyond comparison with ordinary parishes, perhaps because traditional priests present such a powerful model for emulation by their altar boys. (I have occasionally overheard conversations between several TLM altar boys where it sounded like each of them envisioned himself as a future priest. Of course I have never heard, or heard of, such a conversation in a sacristry where altar girls were present.)

  16. jkm210 says:

    I have GOT to get a pair of gloves like that!

  17. jbpolhamus says:

    Has anyone noticed that from the angle such as in the middle picture of Cardinal Burke in the mitre-magna, he looks decidedly like H.H. Pope Pius XI, of blessed memory? A happy resemblance!

  18. Christo et Ecclesiae says:

    Love Cardinal Burke.

    Miter looks a little ridiculous lol.

  19. Tim Ferguson says:

    I agree Christo et Ecclesiae, that mitre is a bit short.

  20. frjim4321 says:

    No – Midwest here, not Lincoln. First very warm sunny day. Almost beach weather. Had our final spring workshop today regarding the VC2010. We did the hx today, soon we will compare ICEL1973, ICEL1998, ICEL2008 and VC2010 in light of LA and the RT.

    Had fairly good attendance – about 125 which is not bad for a 750 household parish.

    For you cappa magna fans the PowerPoint was complete with a shot of Crdl Pell in full regalia along with train bearer.

    PS, I did not know it was not permitted in Rome. Wonder why?

  21. Clinton says:

    frjim4321, I think the cappa is not worn in Rome for the same reason a prelate only wears a pallium within the boundaries of his diocese(s)– it’s a vestment tied to jurisdiction. That might
    not always have been the case with the cappa, but I think it is now. I’m sure there are readers
    of this blog with a more concrete answer to the question.

    Does anyone have an idea where Cardinal Burke’s homily might be posted? I’d like to
    read what he had to say.

    One more question– in the first photo, there appears to be leaves or branches strewn on the
    church floor. I don’t see flowers, and the leaves look like bay. What’s going on there?

  22. robtbrown says:

    frjim4321 says:

    No – Midwest here, not Lincoln. First very warm sunny day. Almost beach weather. Had our final spring workshop today regarding the VC2010. We did the hx today, soon we will compare ICEL1973, ICEL1998, ICEL2008 and VC2010 in light of LA and the RT.

    Had fairly good attendance – about 125 which is not bad for a 750 household parish.

    Congrats on 125 attending a liturgical workshop. Now that’s the Church Triumphant!

  23. frjim4321 says:

    Full disclosure, it was a total of 125 but I presented it three times; once on a weekday evening, once on a weekly mid-day (senior luncheon) and once on a Sunday morning. I did it three times to make sure everyone who wanted would have a chance to come.

  24. irishgirl says:

    Great pictures of His Eminence Cardinal Burke!
    Now that is SOME miter!
    I also like John Sonnen’s blog-he always has a lot of interesting things to show from Rome and thereabouts!

  25. Rev. Paul L. Vasquez says:

    I love the old Roman-style mitre. Great examples of these also in the movie, The Cardinal.