And the Lord said: Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? And to what are they like?
They are like to children sitting in the marketplace and speaking one to another and saying: We have piped to you, and you have not danced: we have mourned, and you have not wept.
For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine. And you say: He hath a devil.
The Son of man is come eating and drinking. And you say: Behold a man that is a glutton and a drinker of wine, a friend of publicans and sinners.
And wisdom is justified by all her children.
28 June 2008
I woke up this morning to excellent coverage of the decision to name Archbishop Burke as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura--from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Not only was there fair coverage of the main story, but there was also a typical Catholic-reaction story that was devoid of the type of puerility and slander that was so common on the radio yesterday. In this post, I will intersperse quotes from this story and this story in the Post.
This Archbishop is greatly respected and admired by most practicing Catholics in St. Louis, and loved by many.
We have been blessed with a shepherd who truly imitated Christ-- all the way to the cross. He spoke the truth, and was opposed. He loved his flock enough to refuse to allow false shepherds to steal souls. He was, contrary to the unfair portrayals by the Church's opponents inside and outside the Church, a tender-hearted, kind, compassionate and warm man. A good man.
People who have met the Archbishop almost uniformly relate what a kind and genial person he is. His steadfastness in testifying to the truth comes from his love for Christ and the Church. The Good Shepherd demands from his Bishops that they imitate him, and guard the flock from wolves. And, after all, Christ came not to bring peace, but, as He said, the sword. The truth is divisive only because it is unchanging, and forces each person to choose to believe it, to follow it-- or to reject it, and oppose it.
Those who claim the name Catholic, yet opposed or hated Burke, did so most often for one of two reasons--1) they were ignorant of what Catholicism teaches and were surprised by the ardent defense of those teachings by him; or, 2) they knew exactly what the Church teaches and oppose those teachings. Of course, it is entirely conceivable that forty years of poor catechesis, crisis in the Church, and Bishops who have not always been vigorous in the proposal and defense of the faith could produce many Catholics in group 1). But what is noteworthy is the size of group number 2).
The recent decrees dealing with those who advocate the ordination of women-- which is not ontologically possible, according to the infallible teaching of the Church-- highlights this point. The plaintive wail goes forth about the mean, cold, unloving Archbishop who won't dialogue with those who lead souls into mortal sin.
And this quote from the most classless man in St. Louis, the "Reverend" Marek Bozek, the schismatic, bachelor-pad owner and part-time television personality (cue accent):
"Rejoice, St. Louis, beware, rest of the world."
In Luke, Chapter 7: 31-35, Christ said:
Wisdom is justified by her children. Consider two more quotes. The first is from Bishop Hermann, the new administrator:
And, finally, from Archbishop Burke himself: