I thought it outrageous that the Archbishop was under fire for doing his job as a Bishop, when so many Bishops were seemingly unwilling to do theirs. It wasn't just His Eminence's love of tradition that spurred me to action, though that was a motivating factor, but it was his love for the truth-- the Truth of the Faith-- and that he was willing to suffer for it.
Sorry for the analogy, but like Gandalf at the bridge, he didn't deserve to stand alone. Like Pippin, perhaps, I didn't have much to add, but I was going to add it.
Cardinal Burke loved his time in Saint Louis, I'm convinced, and he is loved and deeply missed by faithful Catholics here. It is telling that upon his elevation to the Signatura, he retained the title Archbishop Emeritus of Saint Louis.
Well, since then the whole Church learned what we in Missouri (and Wisconsin-- I won't forget you) already knew: this exceptional prelate was going to stand for the truth, in charity, and was not going to yield. He was, and is, prepared to suffer for it.
Cardinal Burke is prepared to follow his Lord to the Cross over the integrity of the faith, and the integrity of the Church.
His kind of leadership, springing from moral integrity, is what attracts people of good will. I am not ashamed to say that I love this man, a man I have not spoken to above ten times, but one for whom I pray every day. He is a true shepherd in the service of the Good Shepherd, the One whose sheep know Him, and He knows them.
You have to admire someone who will actually say what he thinks is true, regardless of what the game requires a savvy person to say. This kind of truth-telling can elevate a person to high office, and it can get him sacked. It has done both for Cardinal Burke, as is well-documented.
The reaction depends on whether the person with decision-making authority over personnel values this integrity and sometimes whether the decision-maker is himself a man of integrity.
We have recently marked the ending of the Christmas season, celebrating Christ, the Prince of Peace. But we know that this Prince of Peace Himself said, "I come not to bring peace, but the sword." (Mt. 10:34).
The truth is a sword. It divides. The question for us is this: which side will we be on?
So... fast forward to the interview Cardinal Burke gave to the French program 13:15 Dimanche. He answered questions in French and in Italian, with a Latin phrase thrown in. There were no English questions, and no English answers. And the program's editing was very stylistic, with a lot of jumps from comments to program commentary to film clips. So, bear that in mind. There may be some clarification by the Cardinal on this, but so far there is none. And the content of his words, even the context of his words, is not seemingly in doubt.
As usual, Rorate Caeli has the full story, complete with video and readable translation. From the translation: