Hello again, nice to be with you after a longer break than I expected. As usual, the hiatus puts me at the back end of commenting on the most important news of the month-- and I don't mean the electoral college.
No, the news of the month concerns a different college, the College of Cardinals-- and much, much more. I mean the spectacular and portentous interview by Raymond Arroyo of EWTN of Raymond Cardinal Burke. Lifesite News has a great article summarizing it, and is good enough to also provide the entire transcript of the interview at the bottom of the story. It is from and upon the interview that I intend to quote and comment.
The subject of the interview of course is the debacle of Amoris Laetitia and the dubia of the Four Cardinals seeking clarity-- hopefully but not expectedly Catholic clarity-- from Pope Francis. Arroyo and His Eminence establish quite well in this interview that a) the Cardinals are serious; b) their dubia have not been answered by any word or action from Francis or his cadre of creepy toadies before or since its publication; c) yes, the Cardinals will be forced to take corrective action should His Holiness not uphold the unchangeable teaching of Christ and His Church; d) His Eminence gives an indication for what that correction will be; and, e) most importantly, His Eminence clarifies just what a schism is and what it is not-- to the extent that AL or the dubia involve a schism, those who are standing for Christ are not the schismatics. And if anything, the Cardinals are highlighting and opposing a schism that is already there.
If you have not already done so, please, please read the entire interview. Stuff's getting real. Three Qs & As serve to encapsulate the whole:
If I can briefly summarize Cardinal Burke, I would say that unless the pope himself answers the dubia in a formal way adhering to the Catholic Faith, then after a certain point the Four Cardinals will correct him, at once for heresy or later for failing to do his job in defending the faith. Then, a crisis of sorts will be precipitated. The pope may react with discipline, or he may remain silent (officially, that is-- he seems not to be capable of refraining from insults) until his end. Whether now or after his death, the Church will be forced to repudiate his teachings. Open schism lurks, but that will forced by those who embrace heresy.
The Four Cardinals will not back down, Burke says-- they stand for Christ and "intend to serve that truth no matter what it takes."
Interesting times. God bless the Four Cardinals, and may he soften Francis' heart to the truth.