Card. Burke on the Synod’s Instrumentum Laboris, proselytizing, accusations

At La Nuova Bussola there is an interview with Card. Burke in English.  HERE



Proselytism means to impose your doctrine on others or to make becoming a member of the Church the condition for receiving material aid. This is certainly not correct. But we cannot neglect to announce Christ to those who do not know him and we cannot fail to demonstrate the beauty of the Church. This leaves the interlocutor perfectly free, but he receives the testimony.


If a missionary starts with the sole intention of appreciating whatever culture he finds, then we can be sure there will be no evangelisation, it’s more likely that these missionaries will end up losing their faith.

[… about the Instrumentum Laboris of the upcoming Synod on the Amazon…]

We must pray and fast for the Church because we are in a moment of profound crisis. We must do everything we can to defend the integrity of the Catholic faith. This document cannot be accepted. The truth of Christ is being challenged, when it is stated that these pagan cultures are in anyway sources of revelation that warrant respect in themselves even though they are outside the context of God’s plan which is only fulfilled by Christ’s Incarnation. According to the profoundly mistaken view of the Instrumentum Laboris, Christ and the cosmos are one and God also reveals himself in other circumstances. This view is closely connected to pantheism. Therefore it is a cult of the natural world. But the only cult for us is divine worship and it is through this worship offered to God, that God teaches us and we can understand what is the correct relationship with nature and with ourselves.


Those who are promoting a “new Church” do not want vocations, they discourage them in order to justify their own position which attacks celibacy. It is no coincidence that the religious institutes, perhaps with young congregations and many vocations, are the ones being particularly targeted at the moment.


The Synod is presented as being for the pastoral care of the people to be evangelised in the Amazon, but the German bishops state clearly that the goal is to revolutionise the whole Church, which is certainly not God’s plan but a kind of ideology.


He goes on to talk about accusations of being an “enemy” of Francis, plotting with “capitalists”, and L’Affaire McCarrick.

Take a moment to read it.



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  1. JonPatrick says:

    It is interesting what he says about the McCarrick affair, that the truth has yet to come out as to how he was promoted in spite of what was known about him all along, and how this has caused people to lose faith in the bishops.

  2. Ms. M-S says:

    Saint Paul was way ahead of us: 2 Timothy 4, Galatians 1:8. Even granting whatever good intentions may have been behind its origins, Vatican II was hijacked or morphed into Reformation II. The process goes on, fifty or so years being no long period of time in the history of the Church, and by its fruits you may judge it.

  3. SanSan says:

    The silencing of the Dubia by the Pope hasn’t really been a “silence” for the past two years… least not on the Dubia’s side. The faithful have rallied in prayer and fasting, waking up many who have been sleep walking. I pray that Cdl. Burke’s heroic cries in the desert and others like him, continue to change the course of our Godless world. Semper Fi.

  4. Kevin says:

    …”If a missionary starts with the sole intention of appreciating whatever culture he finds, then we can be sure there will be no evangelisation, it’s more likely that these missionaries will end up losing their faith.” Whoa!

    I’m thinking of our own western culture…..

  5. Unwilling says:

    “in a moment of profound crisis”
    It is terror.
    Alcoholic parents beat and starve the children. Luke 12:41
    It will turn out well! But meanwhile — the beatings!

    “[He] begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that servant will … punish him, and put him with the unfaithful.”

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