Liberal Religion News Service is less and less careful to pretended objectivity when it comes to coverage of Catholic matters. Crux, by the way, took what follows lock and stock.
Watch how they paint him, smear, with words and premises which you are simply supposed to accept.
Pope Francis sidelines, but probably can’t silence, conservative Cardinal Burke
By Josephine Mckenna
Religion News Service November 11, 2014
In demoting American Cardinal Raymond Burke from his powerful perch at the Vatican, Pope Francis has sidelined an outspoken conservative agitator — for now.
The pope moved the feisty former archbishop of St. Louis from his role as head of the Vatican’s highest court to the largely ceremonial position of patron of the Knights of Malta on Saturday.
Francis has effectively exiled one of his loudest critics, but Burke’s supporters — and his opponents — warn that his position at the Catholic charity may actually give him more freedom to exercise greater influence and even rally opposition to papal reforms.
In other words, the stunning demotion may remake Burke into St. Raymond the Martyr, the patron saint of Catholic conservatives. [?]
“His position as patron of the Knights of Malta is Rome-based and mostly ceremonial,” wrote Edward Pentin for the conservative National Catholic Register.
“He is nevertheless likely to continue and perhaps even step up his defense of the Church’s teaching in the face of continued efforts to radically alter pastoral practice in the run-up to next year’s second synod on the family.”
Burke is well-known for his uncompromising [and we all know that’s bad] stance on abortion, homosexuality, and the sanctity of marriage, and his passion for doctrine is matched only by his passion for the elegant finery of his office. [Is she psychic?]
Wearing the vibrant red robes of a cardinal for the first time on the day he was appointed by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in 2010, he used one word to describe the greatest threat to the Church: “secularization.” [Imagine such a thing! But look at how she put that. She moves from the “vibrant red robes” – which even the new cardinal darlings of the liberal media were wearing at the time of their consistory, to “secularization”. Another manifestation of Burke Derangement Syndrome™?]
During the global bishops’ Synod on the Family held at the Vatican last month, Burke bitterly complained that conservative views were being stifled amid initial signs of a more welcoming approach to gays and lesbians. [Which is about the worst crime there is these days. God forbid that anyone should uphold the Church’s actual teachings. Remember: those who now defend doctrine are the new “dissenters”.]
But he raised the ante in an interview with Spanish Catholic weekly, Vida Nueva, at the end of October when he made a direct attack on Francis’ leadership.
“At this very critical moment, there is a strong sense that the Church is like a ship without a rudder,” Burke said. “Now, it is more important than ever to examine our faith, have a healthy spiritual leader, and give powerful witness to the faith.” [Do these liberals ever quote other things Burke has said about Francis and about his own service and respect?]
His departure is no surprise, and observers say it had little to do with the conservative blowback that upended the synod or rumors that he snubbed the pope at the concluding Mass in St. Peter’s Square. [This is irresponsible. It was made amply clear that, customarily, only a certain row of prelates greet the Pope after a Mass in the Square. Burke wasn’t in that row.]
Italian media began speculating about his demotion as early as September; Burke himself confirmed his imminent removal from the corridors of power at the Vatican in a recent interview.
Asked by a reporter who had told him of his pending departure, Burke shot back: “Who do you think?”
It is open season on Raymond Card. Burke. The liberals have their knives out.
Remember when Card. Kasper suggested that there was going to be negative consequences in the press for those who were on the opposite side of the positions he was proposing? HERE