19 December 2016

"We intend to serve th[e] truth no matter what it takes."

And all of us in the Church who are cardinals, bishops, we have the responsibility to defend the truth; whether we seem to be numerous or we seem to be very few doesn’t make any difference. It’s the truth of Christ which has to be taught.-- Raymond Cardinal Burke

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:

Raymond Arroyo: Father Antonio Spadaro who is a very close collaborator with the pope—in fact, he’s his ghost writer on a lot of these documents—he has really become the vanguard of taking down the critics of Amoris Laetitia or anyone who would even question the thinking here or the doctrine that’s implied through these pastoral adjustments. Spadaro said, and I quote, and I think he’s talking about you, that these questions, the dubia that you presented to the Holy Father, is an attempt to ramp up the tension and create division within the Church. Is that what you’re trying to do?

Cardinal Burke: No. In fact, we’re trying to address the division which is already very much ramped up, to use his phrase. Everywhere I go…many faithful, priests and bishops, and lay faithful, [with] whom I speak are in a state of very serious confusion on this matter. Priests tell me that one priest is telling the faithful one thing in Confession, other priest another thing. Only when these questions, which we have raised according to the traditional manner of resolving questions in the Church which have to do with very serious matters, only when these questions are adequately answered will the division be dissipated. But as is happening right now, as long as this continues, the division will only grow and of course the fruit of division is error. And here we’re talking about the salvation of souls, people being led into error in matters which have to do with their eternal salvation. And so Father Spadaro is very much in error in that affirmation.


Raymond Arroyo: Your Eminence, many of the pope’s supporters and your critics have said he’s already answered your questions when he embraced the implementation plan of Amoris Laetitia of those bishops in Buenos Aires. In it, they said you don’t need an annulment and those who are divorced and remarried with the accompaniment of their pastor in certain cases can come forward and receive Communion. And the pope said, ‘This is exactly as it should be.’ What’s wrong with that? Didn’t he already answer your question?

Cardinal Burke: Not at all. He’s given his own opinion on the matter. The question can only be answered in terms of what the Church has always taught and practiced, as for instance is illustrated in the book which was published for the 2014 synod Remaining in the Truth of Christ. And it’s one thing [for] the pope can say what is written in Amoris Laetitia is interpreted correctly to mean that an individual priest can permit someone who’s in an irregular matrimonial union to receive the Sacraments without a firm purpose of amendment, but that doesn’t resolve the question. The question is, what does the Church teach? It’s not a matter of…some speculative idea I may have about how to approach these questions, but how does Christ in His Church address such questions? That’s, until that answer is provided, we remain in a confused state.


Raymond Arroyo: In our final moments, I have to raise this. I was sort of struck, amazed really, at an interview the Holy Father gave where he suggested that those who are ‘rigid’—and that’s the term he uses…sort of locked in their ‘rigidity’ over doctrine and otherwise, that they suffer from a compulsion or a condition. Your reaction to that, and what are you and these your fellow cardinals do if you don’t get a positive reaction from the Holy Father and say, some answer on this point of clarification?

Cardinal Burke: Well, first of all, we—our presentation of the five questions is done with great serenity and with great respect. They are not the reactions of people who are suffering from emotional disorders. That we’re very deeply concerned about the truth of the doctrine of the faith and its integrity is not a sign of illness. What will we do? We have to continue to serve the truth with charity and so especially those of us who are cardinals, who are the principal advisors of the Holy Father, have a very solemn obligation to defend the Church from these kind of attacks at her very foundation. I mean, we have to remember that we’re talking about teaching about marriage and its fruit, the family, and to attack that teaching is to destabilize the whole Church and society in general. And so the responsibility is very great and we certainly—I only can speak for myself, but I know from my fellow cardinals who have been involved with me—we intend to serve that truth no matter what it takes. I, for my part, will never be part of a schism. I’m a Roman Catholic and defending the Roman Catholic faith is not the cause of my being separated from the Church. And so I simply intend to continue to defend the faith out of love for Our Lord and for the, his mystical body, my brothers and sisters in the Church, and I believe the other cardinals are of the same mind.

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.

1 comment:

c matt said...

I’m a Roman Catholic and defending the Roman Catholic faith is not the cause of my being separated from the Church.

Sounds exactly like Cardinal Lefebvre, which is a good thing in my estimation.

they suffer from a compulsion or a condition.

Yes, they do - it's called "Catholicism."