So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cardinal Burke on Truth and Mercy

Orbis Catholicus Secundus/Cardinal Burke

Excerpt from a CNA article: Media hijacking Synod on the Family
Cardinal Burke, Prefect for the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura (the Supreme Court of the Catholic Church):
“I don’t think you have to be brilliant to see that the media has, for months, been trying to hijack this Synod (on the Family, Oct. 5-19)(.)"
In particular, (Cardinal Burke) told CNA in a recent interview, the media has been presenting Pope Francis as being in favor of allowing Holy Communion to be distributed to those who are divorced and remarried, and other such propositions, even though this is not the case.
"The media has created a situation in which people expect that there are going to be these major changes which would, in fact, constitute a change in Church teaching, which is impossible.”

“That’s why it’s very important for those who are in charge to be very clear(.)”


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The call to engage in open discussion on whether to broaden scenarios in which divorced and remarried persons can receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion was made earlier this year in a speech given by Cardinal Walter Kasper to a consistory of bishops. 
Cardinal Burke, along with several other cardinals and scholars, have responded to this call in a book entitled “Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church.” The book, set to be released in October, is a compilation of essays which provide scholarly answers to the claim that some divorced and remarried persons can be admitted to Holy Communion without having obtained an annulment, or a Church recognition that the marriage had never been valid.
The Church's teaching on the matter, the cardinal said, is merciful, “because it respects the truth that the person is indeed bound by a prior union which the person, for whatever reason, is no longer living.”

“The Church holds the person to the truth of that marriage,... while at the same time, being compassionate, understanding the situation of the person, welcoming them into the parish community in ways that are appropriate, and trying to help them to lead as holy a life as they can, but without betraying the truth about their marriage.”
This, he said, is mercy.
“It simply makes no sense to talk about mercy which doesn’t respect truth. How can that be merciful?”
His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke—semper fidelis!

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