In Italian bookstores a new book by Card. Burke has appeared in Italian: Divino Amore incarnato – La santa Eucaristia sacramento di Carità (Cantagalli). This is the Italian translation of His Eminence’s Divine Love Made Flesh.
For the occasion, the Italian Il Foglio interviewed Card. Burke. A few snips with my translation:
Card. Burke: “Yes, I’m a fundamentalist”
“I’m open to the world, but I insist on the fundamental things. Like the Eucharist.” Thus says Raymond Card. Burke.
“The Church must be clear on her identity. If, for ‘fundamentalist’ one means someone who insists on the fundamentals, I’m a fundamentalist. As a priest, I don’t teach for myself and I don’t act for myself. I belong to Christ. I act in his person. I teach only what He teaches in His Church, because this teaching will save souls.”
[…] Burke says quit labeling, which “is a way to discount a person and to not consider the truth which he teaches or what he does. I am a Roman Catholic, I hope to be so always, and, at the end of my earthly life, to die in the arms of the Church.”
The position of Card. Kasper is not reconcilable with the teaching of the Church on Holy Communion and the indissolubility of matrimony. Certainly, the Most Holy Sacrament is for sinners – which we all are – but for repented sinners. A person who lives in an irregular union is bound to another in marriage, and therefore lives publicly in the state of adultery, according to the clear teaching of the Lord in the Gospel. So long as the person in the irregular union, that is in the context contrary to the truth of Christ in matrimony, does not correct his particular situation, he can’t draw near to receive the sacraments because he has not manifested the repentance necessary for reconciliation with God.
If the Church were to permit the reception of the sacraments (even in a single case) by a person who is in an irregular union, that would mean that either matrimony is not indissoluble and this the person is not living in a state of adultery , or that Holy Communion is not communion in the Body and Blood of Christ, which instead requires the proper disposition of the person, that is, repentance about grave sin and the firm resolution to sin no more.
Many priests and bishops tell me that many people who are living in irregular unions are convinced that the Church has changed her teaching and, therefore, they can receive the sacraments. In a large city that I visited last May, at the main door of a parish church there was an poster that said that in that church the divorced and remarried had access to the sacraments. In certain countries, it seems that various bishops have simply decided to admit to the sacraments whoever is in an irregular union.
There is no doubt that the confusion in the Church is great, and that Church, for the good of souls and for her faithful testimony to Christ in the world, must affirm clearly her perennial teaching on the indissolubility of marriage and on Holy Communion.
[… I’m cutting a lot…]
He went on to explain that the way of saying Mass that is centered on the priest and congregation rather than the real presence of Christ has added to the difficulty we face.
He speaks of the contribution of the African Church right now.
I am entirely open to the world and I am full of compassion for the situation of our world, which is confused and in error about the most fundamental truths: the inviolability of human life, the integrity of matrimony and its incomparable fruit, the family, religious liberty which is the expression of the irreplaceable relationship of man with God. For this motive, I embrace the world with true compassion which offers to the world the truth in charity. I’ve discovered, during the 40 years of my priesthood, that what man (even secular man) awaits from the priest is Christ,
There’s more. I suppose the whole thing will be converted into English one of these days.
Fr. Z kudos to Card. Burke!