He stated that the accusation was flat-out CALUMNY.
But thetimman! Isn't that wrong of Cardinal Burke to say that? Shouldn't a truly holy man bear calumnies without complaint?! Where is the FrancisMercy?
Well, in response, let us consult the Doctor Caritatis, St. Francis de Sales, on this issue (from The Introduction to the Devout Life):
Certainly, His Eminence is acting justly-- and charitably-- to defend his reputation from the libels of others in this case. Thc crime of calumniating a Prince of the Church, whose character is so linked to the edification of others-- in fact, those many or few who are left to defend Christ's words on Matrimony and Holy Communion-- requires a defence.
Now you know. And of course, I think it is obvious whose word is more worthy of belief in this little stand-off.
And we now return you to patiently awaiting the