Card. Burke speaks up

Anger and frustration, fear and ignorance (and being a lib), can lead people to say stupid things.   The ignorant or sub-optimally bright would suggest that Card. Burke might “lead a schism”.

CWR has an interview with Raymond Card. Burke.  There is a transcript of an audio interview.

Some important points.

First of all, he says that he, too, is getting from people all over the world that there is great confusion growing in the Church.


Cardinal Burke: […]   What frightens me a great deal about the present situation of the Church is what I would call a politicization of Church life and of Church doctrine. This is easily done by the secular media but it is also being aided and abetted in the present time by certain Church leaders and theologians and other commentators. This is not a question of being in favor of the “Francis Revolution”, as it is popularly called. It is not a question of being “pro-” Pope Francis or “contra-” Pope Francis. It is a question of defending the Catholic faith, and that means defending the Office of Peter to which the Pope has succeeded. And so, to defend what the Church has constantly taught and practiced can never be seen as some kind of political action against the “other” political movement, as it is called – the “Revolution” in the Church – and can never be seen as being contrary to the Papal office.

In fact, the greatest service that any one of us can give to the Holy Father is to speak the truth of the faith, and this then assists him in being what the Second Vatican Council rightly calls the principle of the unity of all the bishops and of the Church itself.

There is just no other way to view it, and I find it first of all ridiculous, but secondly very harmful, that people who simply present the Church’s teaching to the best of their ability are accused of being against the Holy Father or are accused of being divisive in the Church – even to the point of being accused of leading a schismatic movement in the Church. These are techniques that are used to advance certain agendas, [Alinksy?  Of course.  The ones twisting the truth are libs.] and we ought not to be intimidated by them or to be led [in]to silence by them. Rather, we should be encouraged even as Our Lord Himself encourages us, to speak the truth and to give witness to it in our daily lives.



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  1. zag4christ says:

    May God continue to bless and keep Cardinal Burke safe!

  2. adriennep says:

    The Marian Catechists are asked to pray a Memorare daily for Cardinal Burke’s spiritual and temporal needs. I hope all who care about his position in the Church do likewise.

  3. Geoffrey says:

    “What frightens me a great deal about the present situation of the Church is what I would call a politicization of Church life and of Church doctrine…”

    I have noticed this for a long time now. The errors of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution have infected Holy Mother Church. The political terms of “liberal” and “conservative” are used instead of heterodox and orthodox. “Sensus fidelium” and “vox populi” have been taken to mean some vague democratic notions of Church government, not to mention doctrine!

    The USCCB is accused of siding with the Republican Party when they make an anti-abortion statement, and they are accused of siding with the Democratic Party when they make a pro-immigration statement.

    Everything has become either right or left, conservative or liberal, and the Gospel is often being (mis)used in this effort.

  4. Kathleen10 says:

    We need only one faithful Bishop with a microphone who loves Christ and Catholicism.

  5. Kathleen10 says:

    It would be nice if the microphone did, but the Bishop must.
    Grammar. It is only obvious in it’s absence.

  6. un-ionized says:

    Kathleen10, Two commas woulda worked.

  7. David says:

    I continue to find this problem with the Cardinal’s thinking. He presumably thinks the “Malta and Braga norms” are contrary to the perennial teaching of the Church. The Pope does not censure them. Is it unreasonable to think that the reason why is that he believes what these dioceses are doing is correct? As I see it then, to present the Church’s teaching on this matter (as Fr. Gerald Murray does so well) is by necessity to speak against the Pope. I don’t see how you can have it both ways.

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