My post and comments about what Card. Burke said in a French TV interview received some vigorous responses, some which I declined to post. His Eminence responded to a hypothetical question … always a little dangerous … about what he might do were Pope Francis to continue on course X. Get that?
In any event, His Eminence’s answer stirred the pot. He said that were Pope Francis to do X (persist – quite an assumption – in driving forward Communion for the divorced and remarried) then he would have to resist such an effort:
“Resisterò. Non posso fare altro…. I shall resist. I can do no other.”
Card. Burke has now offered a bit more on that response. Mind you, there was nothing wrong with his response, other than the fact that he responded to a hypothetical, which, as I mentioned before, is a dicey move.
At CNA we find this:
What Cardinal Burke really said about ‘resisting’ Pope Francis
Cardinal Raymond Burke said he was “responding to a hypothetical situation” when he stated that he would resist any possible move by Pope Francis away from Catholic doctrine.
“I simply affirmed that it is always my sacred duty to defend the truth of the Church’s teaching and discipline regarding marriage,” Cardinal Burke told CNA Feb. 9.
“No authority can absolve me from that responsibility, and, therefore, if any authority, even the highest authority, were to deny that truth or act contrary to it, I would be obliged to resist, in fidelity to my responsibility before God.”
That’s it. He has made clearer – for the less agile of mind and for the muckrackers – what he said.
I, however, am still waiting for those professional and perennial Pope resistors at Fishwrap to embrace Card. Burke as their new model.