ASK FATHER: Baptizing aliens who burst into flames from water. No. Really.

From a reader (who has sent queries before about a writing project):

I’m sorry if I’m been annoying at all in the past. But I have another question this one is for a writing project that might never get off the ground, but in case it does. Could water that is extratrestrial in origin e.g from a comet or another planet be valid matter for baptism?

I parried back:

Water is water. H2O. Right?

And I went about my day, self-assured in my concise response.

The inquirer reposted:

Yep, essentially. But there exist other types of water like D2O [which everyone knows is deuterium oxide or heavy water] H2O+ [can't say I know that one] (3)H2O [or that one] there are also a couple of newly discovered forms which are both liquid and solid simultaneously. Which shouldn’t be possible but it exists. [That sounds sort of like triple point, but not quite. I have my doubts that the states are simultaneous.  Three states can coexist at triple point, but they are different. Right?] Ain’t God wonderful. [No argument there.] Anyway now that I think about it, I have another idea that works better. I can simply make the person reviving baptism have a non-water biochemistry, picture the a human preist baptizing an alein [truly alien, since we don't reverse e and i that often] only to have said alien burst into flames, or an alien baptizing a human only the alien understands “water” to be hydrogen cyanide, …


I hope this isn’t the old dihydrogen monoxide scam again.

Okay… I’ve got nothing.

Nope, I just got something.

From Daniel 3:

O all ye waters that are above the heavens, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all for ever. [...] O every shower and dew, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. [65] O all ye spirits of God, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. [...] O ye dews and hoar frosts, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. [...] O ye ice and snow, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.

The next one is of the creepy M. Night Shyamalan movie Signs. It starts out all light-hearted and then, suddenly, gets really creepy. But I don’t post spoilers and neither should you. I really hate spoilers (advance descriptions) and I really resent spoilers (the people who spoil). Take that hint.  I ban those people.

Water that is liquid and solid at the same time? I take it that this is way beyond the whole liminal state situation wherein the introduction of additional energy can suddenly push the liquid into another state (which I once accomplished in my Rome apartment with beer bottles in a freezer, while now-Archbp. Sample, a metalurgist by training, explained what was happening…. What a rich life I’ve led).

Okay, in the future, if we find that there is life-out-there and that life-out-there wants to be Christian, but that life-out-there takes a real dim view of water (as in bursting into flames at the touch of water – alas, Jar Jar is not one of them), how do we baptize aliens?

Could this be an out? The Church says that we baptize humans with water. Perhaps Holy Mother Church could allow baptism of aliens with, say, liquid helium – which would be exciting, or nitrogen tetroxide - which could be interesting, in tense way, or may even with really pure hydrogen peroxide – which could do a bang up job of it, or perhaps also digoxin – which might require immediate Extreme Unction.

As for the alien baptizing the human with hydrogen cyanide… ad astra per ardua, after all.  Who said being Christian was easy?  Whatever else it might be, it ain’t a piece of yellow-cake.

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Give a little thought to the “what ifs”.

I write once in a while about being prepared for emergencies.  You never know when something is going to happen and you will need to scramble to protect your family and friends.  We all have an obligation to be prepared to a reasonable extent.

What will happen if some disaster brings down the economy and we are plunged into a deep depression?  What will you be eating?

I saw an interesting post at The Survival Mom which lists some things that people in these USA ate during the “Great Depression”.  What struck me as I read through the list is that I know some of these things from when I was young.  My grandparents, in particular, introduced me to some of these … recipes.  To be honest, I still eat a few of them.  Check out the whole list.

There are a couple book recommendations as well.  Such as…

I haven’t read those, but they are intriguing.  I’ll probably check to see if I can get them through the local public library.

As I read some fiction of the dystopian, or apocalyptic, or prepper genres (which often intertwine) I ponder the fact that, in our comfortable modern ages of conveniences and plenty, we have collectively lost track of how to do some things.  For example, growing and canning or preserving your own food.  Sure, some of you do this now, I know.  But, I think we can all agree that not all that long ago, many more people did these things.

In any event, I suggest that you give a little thought to the “what ifs” which can happen not only to anyone of us, but everyone of us.  Individual poverty is one thing.  Economic collapse is another.   If you love your families and have charity for your friends, think about the “what ifs”.

And then there is the ultimate “what if”, which really isn’t a “what if” at all.  It is a “when”.  So, as part of your thoughtful preparation, examine your consciences and then…

[You know the rest.]

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Of Our Lady of Walsingham, Our Lady of Ransom, and a prayer

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Ransom and of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Two years ago I was in London, watching with a fine young priest of the Anglican Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham the episcopal consecration and installation of the new Bishop of Portsmouth, Most. Rev. Philip Egan.  At the end of the rite, Bp. Egan gave a fine reflection.  Tune in at about 2:12 in the video below.

And I would like to remind you that the Catholic artist Daniel Mitsui (who is still playing the hospital bills for his little daughter) has a beautiful version of Our Lady of Walsingham.

By the way… I love the Collect for Our Lady of Ransom.

Who wants to take a crack at it?

Deus, qui per gloriosissimam Filii tui Matrem ad liberandos Christifideles a potestate paganorum nova Ecclesiam tuam prole amplificare dignatus es: praesta quaesumus; ut, quam pie veneramur tanti operis institutricem, eius pariter meritis et intercessione a peccatis omnibus, et captivitate daemonis liberemur.

Given that there is rising up a force of horrendous evil, flying the black flag of Islamism, and that they have captives, and that they are BEHEADING captives, as they did again today to a poor man from France, say a prayer to Our Lady of Ransom for the protection of all who are in danger of their very lives from the “Religion of Peace”.

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Suggestions for your donations to good Catholic causes

More and more often these days, I have notes from people who wonder about reliable Catholic charities or causes to which they can contribute their hard won money.  They ask for suggestions.

I have some suggestions right now!

Even though two of the following are local to where I am, you can be secure in the knowledge that what you give is going to the best of causes.

Consider the Priests for our Future campaign.  Here in Madison, the Extraordinary Ordinary, Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino, has through hard work and good example, along with great vocation directors over the years, increased the number of seminarians from, I think, fewer than 10 when he arrived, to, I think, 34 right now.  The major seminarians are St. Paul, Detroit, Mt. St. Mary, and there are 8 men in Rome.   Surprisingly, Rome is less expensive than many seminaries.  The huge increase in seminarians means that we have by far outstripped the foundations and funds set up in the past.  They didn’t imagine in the past this number of men in the program.  And so, hard choices are being made.  The cathedral church of Madison burned down some years ago.  It was decided to postpone any rebuilding for the sake paying the bills for seminarians.  Over the last couple years, projects have been on the boards even to close or lease out even the chancery building, a former highschool seminary, in order to pay for seminarians.  This program needs help.  If you are looking for a way to help a good cause, under the guidance of a great bishop, think about this.

You may recall that two years ago Bishop Morlino told all of the seminarians of the diocese, during the annual get together in August – they spend a week and half with the bishop – that he wants them all to know how to say the Extraordinary Form.  This year, during the summer get together, half of the Masses were in the Extraordinary Form and I gave a talk on the topic.  There was also a panel discussion including His Excellency the bishop.

Here is video about the seminarian project in Madison.  I am disappointed that the Extraordinary Form was not included in the video imagery, but it is a solid presentation.

Also, here in Madison, I am leading a group which is dedicated to supporting the expansion of the Extraordinary Form, the “Tridentine Mass Society of Madison“.  The group has a 501(c)(3)  status and so your donations are tax deductible.   We are starting to pick up some speed now.  One of our projects is to organize Pontifical Masses.  Bp. Morlino has been super supportive.  As a matter of fact we will have a Pontifical Requiem at the Throne here on Monday 3 November.  We ordered a full pontifical set of black vestments, as well as catafalque candlestands and a matching altar candle set.  We will also have to obtain soon a really nice Pontifical set in white.  Upcoming dates for other Pontifical Masses at the Throne are, so far, 8 December (Immaculate Conception) and 2 February (Candlemass), and 25 March (Annunciation).  We should be able to have more Solemn Masses as well, as more priests get more familiar with the rites.   So, we need money.  You can find the page of the TMSM HERE  The donation button looks sort of like my own! (Hint.)

Then, on a national scale, don’t forget about the Archdiocese for Military Services.  They provide chaplains.  I don’t need to explain that.  See my link on the sidebar, toward the bottom or, right now, click HERE

Finally, don’t forget my donation button!  I don’t have a 501(c)(3).  But… hey!… you keep the lights on!  Also, in January I would like to attend the meeting of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy in Rome.  This isn’t one of those trips where I am going as a chaplain to a group, so its on me.  I could use the help.  Click the waving Vatican flag.  That donation will be earmarked for my Rome travel.  As you know, I keep a list of the names of everyone who sends a donation and I periodically say Mass for my benefactors.  It is my duty and pleasure to remember benefactors at the altar.

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VIDEO: TLM at “Dome of Home”

Have you seen yet the new video about the Traditional Latin Mass? Beautifully done.

The history of the church is interesting. What I find inspiring is the fact that, when people want to do something enough they can get it done!

Also of interest, is the affirmation of the “knock on effect” that the priest’s own manner of celebration of Mass can have on people in the pews.

Here is the blurb:

This 25 minute documentary, with contributions from Bishop Mark Davies of the Shrewsbury Diocese, shows how the famous “Dome of Home” church – the Church of Sts Peter, Paul and Philomena – is thriving under the care of Canon Amaury Montjean and the Institute of Christ the King.
The documentary has extensive coverage of the Latin Mass (also known as the Tridentine rite, or as the “extraordinary form” of the Mass), and also discusses the way other sacraments are celebrated in the church, with excerpts from an extraordinary form baptism. It considers the history, heritage and future of this beautiful church.

The Dome of Home from Philip Chidell on Vimeo.

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St. Pio and the Smell Test

Today is the feast of St. Pio of Pietrelcina.  ”Padre Pio”.  A prayer HERE

What do you suppose Padre Pio would have thought about the notion that the divorced and civilly remarried should be readmitted to Holy Communion without a discernible amendment of life?

What would Padre Pio say?

“Surrrrrre!  G’ahead! No prob.”

Does that pass the smell test?

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Pope Francis to change the name of St. Peter’s Basilica

As we look around the faith landscape of these USA, we see clusterings of parishes, such that the Churches of St. Christiana the Astonishing, St. Alphege the Bald, and St. Olav the Thick are all merged into one parish called something like One Faith Catholic Community. We see, on the other side of the river (Tiber? Styx?) Protestant mega-churches. On Sunday I was driving home from the early Mass at St. Mary’s (sounds kind of boring by comparison) and passed by the local mega-church of our doctrinally-challenged brethren only to see a lane backed up for half a mile with cars waiting to get into the parking lot. I guess the only solution to making ourselves popular with the world is to abandon all sense of doctrine and reason, get together a pop-combo, and go for the feel good stuff (with a little fear of the “rapture” tossed in for spice and fundraising).

At least Pope Francis might have a handle on this problem.

You might think that the following originated at Eye of the Tiber, but no. I saw this at Church Pop:

St. Peter’s Basilica Renamed “Tiber Creek Community Church”

ROME, Italy — Pope Francis has changed the name of St. Peter’s Basilica to “Tiber Creek Community Church,” Vatican spokesperson Fr. Federico Lombardi announced this morning.

“The greatest church of Christendom, built on the holy grave of the martyr-prince of the Apostles, has been known as ‘St. Peter’s Basilica’ for 1700 years,” Fr. Lombardi explained. “It was long overdue for a rebranding.”

He continued that this was just the next step in Pope Francis’ greater program of trying to make the church more relatable to the average person.

“How many Catholics today even know who St. Peter is?” Fr. Lombardi asked reporters, eliciting murmurs of agreement. “And besides, referencing St. Peter is a dead giveaway that we’re Catholic.” Fr. Lombardi said that naming the church after it’s geographic location without any denominational identifiers was more in line with how modern people felt about religion.

Fr. Lombardi also announced that projectors and screens would be installed throughout the basilica in the coming week, that a “totally rocking” worship band was being formed, and that Pope Francis planned on making his sermons “relevant to every day life.”

“The Trinity, the Incarnation, the Virgin Birth, these are all interesting — to dead theologians,” Fr. Lombardi said dismissively. “But how does that apply to my everyday life? How will that help me advance in my career? That’s what Pope Francis is going to be focusing on.”

Please follow?

According to an anonymous source within the Vatican, when some of his advisors voiced concerns about the name change, Francis informed them that he had already purchased the new sign.

“He was really proud of the sign,” the anonymous source said. “He told us he already had some great jokes to post up there.”

We need some serious rebranding, don’t we?  We have to rethink all our names and terms for things.  For example, instead of Holy Sacrifice of the Mass let’s call it “liturgy”.  No, wait.  We already do that, don’t we.  Instead of “Hell” let’s call it, say, the “Sam Hill Catholic Community”, as in, you know, “What the ‘Sam Hill’ are we doing here?  It was only sacrilegious Communions!”  People might be able to relate to that more.

Jokes apart.  Friends…


Call it “reconciliation” if you want.  I don’t care.  JUST GO!

And no matter what you call your mortal sins, …. please …. go.

This last Sunday in the Extraordinary Form of Holy Mass we were reminded by St. Paul:

Be not deceived, God is not mocked. For what a man sows in the flesh, from the flesh also will reap corruption. But he who sows in the spirit, from the spirit will reap life everlasting.

I say to you, we may be few and we may soon be many fewer, but we are true leaven.

We may be the small and persecuted church very soon, but our persecuted minority will be creative… and patient.

But to be leaven and creative, we have to be in the state of grace.

Go to confession.  Fathers, go to confession.

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OKLAHOMA CITY: Reparation, adoration of Christ VICTOR after sacrilege, blasphemy, evil

Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experience of suffering is required of your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, and strengthen you. - 1 Peter 5:8-10

The other day some nitwits did something like a satanic “black mass” in city government facility of Oklahoma City.  You know the controversy, so I won’t go over it here.

I hope that the local Archbishop, Most Reverend Paul Coakley, will break out his copy of the older, traditional Roman Ritual and use the chapter in the section on exorcisms to ask God to cleanse the place, indeed the region.

Good people in Oklahoma City also showed their concern.  Some 3000 people showed up for a Eucharistic Holy Hour invited by Archbp. Coakley.   HERE and HERE

Archbp. Coakley said, among other things, that the city was “targeted by dark forces”.

I concur.

OK City is not alone.  Right now I have a sense of growing evil that has me both a little shaken and increasingly combative.  I am taking some steps in my own life in the face of what I see on the horizon.  I suggest that you do to.  As part of that preparation… GO TO CONFESSION.  But I digress.

Another group which showed solidarity against the evil of that event was the SSPX.  A friend sent this video, which was, “a response effort organized by the priestly Society of St. Pius X here in the United States. After a Black Mass was publicly marketed in Oklahoma City to desecrate our Savior in the Blessed Sacrament, an outcry from Catholics resounded. In an effort to make reparation for this public offense, the SSPX displayed a spontaneous 900 faithful from multiple states.”

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SSPX officials met with Card. Müller, Prefect of CDF

As crazy as it is may now sound, perhaps Pope Francis is the one who can reconcile the SSPX.

I’ve floated this idea before.  I don’t have any illusions that Francis likes much of anything about the SSPX.   The other day I had a chat with a South American journalist who agreed with my suspicions that then-Card. Bergoglio’s impressions of the SSPX in Argentina were not favorable in large part because of Bp. Williamson and Bp. de Galaretta.  Not hard to believe at all.

But… just maybe… could Francis be the one to get the job done?

I saw at VIS that SSPX Superior General Bp. Bernard Fellay met with Card. Müller.

Vatican City, 23 September 2014 (VIS) – The Holy See Press Office has issued a statement to confirm that this morning from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a cordial meeting took place at the premises of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith between Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X. The meeting was also attended by Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, S.J., secretary of the same Congregation, Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia, O.P., adjunct secretary and Archbishop Guido Pozzo, secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, along with two assistants from the Society of St. Pius X, Rev. Niklaus Pfluger and Rev. Alain-Marc Nély.
During the meeting, various problems of a doctrinal and canonical nature were examined, and it was decided to proceed gradually and over a reasonable period of time in order to overcome difficulties and with a view to the envisioned full reconciliation.

“Gradually and over a reasonable period of time” can mean anytime between now and the Parousia.  But this is not nothing.  Indeed, given the spectacularly hostile treatment shown by Pope Francis’s Prefect for Religious, Card. Braz de Aviz, to the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, the meeting caught my eye.  But, hey, Pope Benedict brought Braz de Aviz to Rome, not Pope Francis.

Could Francis be the one – defying all expectations – to extend an olive branch to the SSPX?

In my recent interview with Amerika Magazine I was asked:

If you could say one thing to Pope Francis in person, what would it be?


Pretty much everything that comes immediately to mind is cliché. I suppose there is one thing. I might ask him to celebrate a Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form, or at least be present at its celebration by someone whom he would designate. Catholics who have what St. John Paul II called “legitimate aspirations” and for whom he commanded by his Apostolic Authority that respect must be shown, have over many decades experienced great suffering and disrespect and even persecution, even by priests and bishops.  They have suffered because they are faithful, and at the hands of their shepherds, which is shameful.  Quod Deus averruncet!  They can, at times, admittedly be a challenge to work with, but these good people love Christ and their church and their popes as much as any Catholics ever have throughout the millennia. They would go to the wall for Pope Francis, even though sometimes he does things that make them scratch their heads.  These people need some TLC.  A little love in their direction could bring about great healing.  It’s the next step.  And were he to do it, this pope rather than the more obvious Benedict … imagine what a magnificent healing moment it would be.

I can picture a Pontifical Mass celebrated by, say, Card. Burke in the Vatican Basilica, coram Pontifice Romano, but without all the flabella and what His Holiness would surely see as frippery of the long-defunct Pontifical Court.  I can also envision Pope Francis sitting there for most of the time wearing his Grumpy Cat face.

Please follow?

The Holy Father seems to have two modes.  He is either beaming jovially, or he looks like a man at the gallows.  Yes, I exaggerate, but I do think he uses his outward mien tactically.  For example, he was all smiles during the first part of Pres. Obama’s visit.  Then, as you watched the video coverage, when it was time for the official posed photo out came Pope Grumpy Cat, like switch being thrown.  The Holy Father was clearly not pleased to be standing there, but he endured it.  That’s what Popes do.  Paul VI met with Idi Amin Dada.  That’s couldn’t have been bubbly and light-hearted.

Popes do all sorts of things they don’t like personally.

Which leads me back to the dream of having Pope Francis be present at a Traditional Roman Pontifical Mass at the faldstool, perhaps with seminarians of the SSPX as the servers.

I wouldn’t mind if Francis yawned and kept checking his watch during the whole Mass.  I wouldn’t care if he fell asleep and loudly snored, provided he was there.

It would be more than Benedict did, God bless him!

Pope Francis believes – if I get him right – that a remedy for the Church’s interior malaise must come from our “peripheries”.

Keep watching for this word in his discourses.   For Francis, the “periphery” brings back to the core something that is vital, necessary.  The problem is, how to preserve at the core the best that the core has always possessed while at the same time reaching outward to the “peripheries”?  The danger is that the core will be forgotten, that a hole or vacuum will open up at the core and we will abandon and forget vast swathes of our identity and identity shaping patrimony.

The SSPX is simultaneously the doughnut hole and the doughnut.  They are at the same time the core, preserving tradition and patrimony, and they have become a “periphery”.  They are in danger of becoming irrelevant to the rest of the Church, and therefore they have to put their best foot forward, too, to make what they have to offer attractively useful.  (Frankly, their “Eternal Rome” versus “Modernist Rome of the Curia” schtick is a bit tiresome. It makes them sound like the Fishwrap or LCWR types who moan about the “prophetic church” versus the “institutional church”.  Both approaches, if pushed too often and too far are pretty noisome.  No, let me revise that… the Fishwrap and LCWR thing is just plain wrong, whereas there is some kernel in the SSPX thing.  But I digress.)

So, I continue to hope for the reconciliation of the SSPX.  I know exactly how I would do it.  No one has asked me lately.

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Card. Burke: “It simply makes no sense to talk about mercy which doesn’t respect truth.”

His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke, still Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, has been interviewed by Catholic World Report.  HERE

The first part reminded me of one of the very last things Pope Benedict said in public.  During an audience just before he abdicated, Benedict described how the mass media created a shadow Council and interposed a distorted interpretive lens.

Now Card. Burke.  I’ll just post a few bits that popped out at me?

Vatican City, Sep 23, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Next month’s Synod on the Family has undergone an attempted hijacking by some media sources, which are fueling expectations that impossible changes will be made to Church doctrine, said the head of the Church’s highest court.

“I don’t think you have to be brilliant to see that the media has, for months, been trying to hijack this Synod,”


In particular, he told CNA in a recent interview, the media has been presenting Pope Francis as being in favor of allowing Holy Communion to be distributed to those who are divorced and remarried, and other such propositions, even though this is not the case.

The danger, Cardinal Burke continued, is that “the media has created a situation in which people expect that there are going to be these major changes which would, in fact, constitute a change in Church teaching, which is impossible.”


The Church’s teaching on the matter, the cardinal said, is merciful, “because it respects the truth that the person is indeed bound by a prior union which the person, for whatever reason, is no longer living.”

“The Church holds the person to the truth of that marriage,” Cardinal Burke continued, “while at the same time, being compassionate, understanding the situation of the person, welcoming them into the parish community in ways that are appropriate, and trying to help them to lead as holy a life as they can, but without betraying the truth about their marriage.”

This, he said, is mercy.

“It simply makes no sense to talk about mercy which doesn’t respect truth. How can that be merciful?”


“It’s very important at this time,” the prelate continued, “to show the splendor of the truth of the Church’s teaching about marriage, which is foundational, obviously, for society, and for the Church itself.”

“If we don’t get it correct about marriage, there’s very little else that we’re going to be clear about.” [Do I hear an "Amen!"?  This is what I have been saying for years. If we are not clear in our own minds and hearts about our Faith, if we don't know our Faith, we can't articulate anything of interest in the public square.  Why should anyone listen to us if we are incoherent?]


“Bishops who regularly visits us at the Apostolic Signatura say that many couples today who are divorced, they don’t care anymore about the question of nullity,” he said. “They simply make a decision to live with another person, if that’s in fact what they are doing.” [My fear is that the way the question is being handled now will exacerbate this problem.]


For those seeking to claim nullity of their marriage, he said, “the Church has to have an apt process to arrive at the truth about that claim,” whereby it can be established whether or not a marriage has been null. “But to simply have people come before what’s called an administrative process, or a so-called ‘pastoral process,’” one in which “people simply tell their story to a priest,” who then makes the decision with regard to their reception of the Sacraments – “how does that respect the truth of our Lord’s teaching about marriage?”

“The marriage nullity process is the fruit of centuries of development, and by various expert canonists, one of the great ones being Pope Benedict XIV,” [Lambertini] the cardinal said. “For us now simply to say we don’t need that anymore is the height of pride and therefore foolishness.”


As current prelate of the Apostolic Signatura, Cardinal Burke’s role at the synod will particularly pertain to the marriage nullity process, specifically in light of the suggestion to streamline the process of annulments, making it faster and easier.

“I wouldn’t be at all opposed to any changes,” he said, “except that a certain amount of complexity is required by the complexity of a claim that a marriage is null. And you cannot simply deal with these kinds of questions by some kind of easy and light-hearted process.”


You can read the whole thing over there.

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