14 October 2014

The Church Has at Least One Champion

Of course there are others, we can only pray that there are many others.  But I just have to write in gratitude for the leading stalwart of the faith, operating under attack by those within and without the highest levels of the hierarchy, and whose defense of the faith never waivers. 

Of course, the man is His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke, Prefect (for now) of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.  From what I know of the man, even from the small acquaintance I have with him, it wouldn't matter if he were head of the Holy Office or the Holy Office Janitor, he would stand firm for the faith.  Otherwise, I might opine that the impending demotion from the Signatura, already made public before the fact, has liberated him even more to stand up to those modernists who would destroy the Church if they could.

Catholic World Report has an article today covering His Eminence's response to the Synod's midterm Relatio, about which you will have read already.  His Eminence states it well, and plainly (my emphases):

CWR: In what way is information about what is happening in the Synod being either manipulated or only partially reported and made public?

Cardinal Burke: The interventions of the individual Synod Fathers are not made available to the public, as has been the case in the past. All of the information regarding the Synod is controlled by the General Secretariat of the Synod which clearly has favored from the beginning the positions expressed in the Relatio post disceptationem of yesterday morning.

While the individual interventions of the Synod Fathers are not published, yesterday’s Relatio, which is merely a discussion document, was published immediately and, I am told, even broadcast live.
You do not have to be a rocket scientist to see the approach at work, which is certainly not of the Church. 
CWR: How is that reflected in the Synod's midterm document, released yesterday, which is being criticised by many for its appeal to a so-called "law of graduality”?

Cardinal Burke: While the document in question (Relatio post disceptationem) purports to report only the discussion which took place among the Synod Fathers, it, in fact,
advances positions which many Synod Fathers do not accept and, I would say, as faithful shepherds of the flock cannot accept. Clearly, the response to the document in the discussion which immediately followed its presentation manifested that a great number of the Synod Fathers found it objectionable.
The document lacks a solid foundation in the Sacred Scriptures and the Magisterium. In a matter on which the Church has a very rich and clear teaching, it gives the impression of inventing a totally new, what one Synod Father called “revolutionary”, teaching on marriage and the family. It invokes repeatedly and in a confused manner principles which are not defined, for example, the law of graduality.
CWR: How important is it, do you think, that Pope Francis make a statement soon in order to address the growing sense—among many in the media and in the pews—that the Church is on the cusp of changing her teaching on various essential points regarding marriage, “remarriage,” reception of Communion, and even the place of “unions” among homosexuals?

Cardinal Burke: In my judgment, such a statement is long overdue. The debate on these questions has been going forward now for almost nine months, especially in the secular media but also through the speeches and interviews of Cardinal Walter Kasper and others who support his position.

The faithful and their good shepherds are looking to the Vicar of Christ for the confirmation of the Catholic faith and practice regarding marriage which is the first cell of the life of the Church.

God bless Cardinal Burke!  I hope that his guardian angel looks out for him.  And I pray he looks both ways before crossing the street these days.  We need him, and will need him more in the future.


Murray (mgl) said...

Maybe two champions.

Rorate reports that we can add Muller to the list.

Scott Woltze said...

Two hundred years from now Cardinal Burke will be raised to the altars; that is, if Christ doesn't come first.

Elizabeth said...

Cardinals Napier and Gadecki are also speaking out, according to CNA.

Anonymous said...

Cardinal Burke is a beacon. When I was vesting for a mass many years ago as a deacon I was stunned that some of my older confrères were making jokes about Cardinal Burke.

As the years have gone by I have run into many priests and permanent deacons who find Cardinal Burke fodder for ridicule and disdain.

Just recently a priest probably in his 60s mentioned that many of the new priests in our diocese were Burkites and what a problem that was.

Make no mistake about it there is a significant number of the clergy in this archdiocese which absolutely hates Cardinal Burke and everything he stands for .

Ask yourself who this world loves and who it hates.

Trad deacon

Athelstane said...

Cardinal Burke is a lion.

And then, there are...other animals:

Just recently a priest probably in his 60s mentioned that many of the new priests in our diocese were Burkites and what a problem that was.

Yes, they actually seem to believe all this stuff. Worse, they don't crave the approval of the Post-Dispatch or the Country Day set. I could see how some priests - and laity - of a certain bent would see that as a *problem*.

Karen said...

Several years ago when Cdl Burke was still the Abp of St. Louis, my husband and I were at a marriage retreat, and during one of the lunch breaks I stated that I felt so blessed to have him as our Bishop and that I hoped he would be with us for the long haul. Immediately, a woman and her husband (actually, MOSTLY the woman) almost jumped out of her chair and began a rant against him, saying how almost heretical he was and that he was responsible for so much of the problem of the sex abuse scandal and that he was doing too many radical things to the diocese that shouldn't be done. There were about 4 couples at the table and 2 facilitators. Everyone was stunned and mouths agape (although I don't know if this meant everyone else was not in agreement with her or just not saying). After a few seconds of shock, one of the facilitators left the table, I'm sure to consult with someone about what to do. At the next meal the couple's chairs were empty and they never appeared again. So at least someone was brave enough to enforce the respect due. Again, I don't know if the couple was asked to leave due to respect for the office or because of his orthodoxy. But I was happy to see them go.

He IS a lion! And God is so good to give him to us. There must be something in God's plan that involves him, more than just speaking out before he gets sent where he can do no more "harm". Surely Our Lady will use him for something greater. At least, I pray that this be so.

Anonymous said...

This holy priest will be our next Pope and restore The Traditional Latin Mass to the Vatican and all of our altars, God bless His Grace Raymond Leo Burke.

Anonymous said...

In response to Karen's comment, "I was happy to see them go." Yes, let us be welcoming to the dissenters and lovingly offer them a chance to explain their position so that we may try to understand the cause of their concerns and then perhaps persuade them to listen to our own. I frequently disagree with the commentary that appears on the Saint Louis Catholic blog, but I will continue to read to be sure I view a problem from more than one perspective.


Anonymous said...


Catholics don't need to be "welcoming to the dissenters and lovingly offer them a chance to explain their position" because we already know what that position is. And the very term "dissenters" is a misnomer. The synod was filled with heretics. Period. Full stop. Their heresy was broadcast in the light of day and before the very Roman Pontiff, who sat there and allowed it all. And there has been no rebuke for the heretics. Indeed, they are treated with respect. The only mistreatment, and immediately, is given to the pope's "sheep" who are not favored by him. Does anyone in this day and age seriously believe that there are no Jesuits who publicly spout heresy? When was the last time this pope did anything about it?


Anonymous said...

I am privileged to say I know many of the "Burkites” (mentioned above). These are the men who lined the drive of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary after Cardinal Burke's final visit to the seminary as the Archbishop of St. Louis. Cdl. Burke, choked up, had trouble speaking his goodbye to the men, many who were drawn to KGS because of this faithful man of God. (He did not travel the country, pleading with men to come to KGS, as is now the custom since several dioceses have pulled out. Archbishop Burke was, simply, Abp. Burke, and the men came.) The seminarians, wiping tears from their eyes, waved to the man they held in such high esteem as his car slowly made its way down the drive, as if he were praying for each and every man as he passed. (And, yes, he knew each seminarian's name and story because of the amount of time he spent with them in his role as spiritual father.)

A few years ago on a Sunday, I happened upon a mass at a parish where a "Burkite” was serving his year in the Transitional Diaconate. On that day, the three-month deacon delivered the homily. This "Burkite" delivered a magnificent homily, concluding with the instruction that those present, who were not in a “state of grace,” (which he defined for the poorly catechized) to refrain from presenting themselves for Communion. Members of the congregation looked at one another, whispering among themselves, “Was he serious?” Almost all presented for Communion.

“Burkites” are a problem. They speak the truth of the Church.