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).

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Cardinal Burke: admonisher of a pope.

Cardinal Burke was interviewed on French television. One soundbite in particular is rapidly becoming a rallying cry of support for the Cardinal or a cry of condemnation, depending on your orientation.

Cardinal Burke's point in the interview is simple: the pope needs to clarify comments he and others have made which have caused much confusion and, quite frankly, have armed the opponents of truth with a lot of ammo to attack marriage and the family.

Cardinal Burke is frequently tarred and feathered with the "ultraconservative" brush by liberal-religionists and the media. Anyone who has followed the good Cardinal's life for the past few decades or has taken the time to read his work knows that if Raymond Leo Burke is anything "ultra", he is an ultra faithful Catholic. All mainstream media-approved qualifiers aside, he is a Catholic. Cardinal Burke is a loyal son of the Church, not some cherry picking cafeteria Catholic who dissents at the first mention of orthodoxy.

Pray for Cardinal Burke, Pope Francis—especially Pope Francis!—and all the cardinals and bishops who will be associated with the Synod on Marriage and the Family later this year.

Given the role she played during the struggle to return the Papacy to Rome from Avignon, the intercession of Saint Catherine of Siena, another admonisher of the holder of the Office of Saint Peter, seems entirely appropriate.

Steve Skojec at OnePeter5 provides a good overview and thoughtful perspective on current events:

HT Rorate Cæli
Be sure to visit Rorate Cæli blog for the complete translated transcript.
Keep in mind, too, the questions asked by the interviewer are frequently leading an intentionally provocative. Remember, the mainstream media relies on scandal and controversy, real or manufactured, to sell the news.

The FranceTV (France2) interview.

[BURKE] I cannot accept that communion be given to a person who is living in an irregular union, because it is adultery. On the matter of persons of the same sex, this has nothing to do with matrimony. This is a suffering that some persons have, of being attracted - against nature, sexually - to persons of the same sex. Those people, we must help them to live chastely. But there is no relation to marriage and family, it is a separate issue.
[Presenter] The response to the Supreme Pontiff is clear: it is a rejection of what Francis had said in July 2013.
[Recording of Francis in the Airplane interview of July 2013]: "If someone is gay, and he searches the Lord, and has good will, who am I to judge him?"
[Interviewer] How do you intend to place pope Francis on the good path?
[BURKE] On this, also one must be very attentive regarding the power of the pope. The classic formulation is that, "the Pope has the plenitude, the fullness, of power." This is true. But it is not absolute power. His power is at the service of the doctrine of the faith. And thus the Pope does not have the power to change teaching, doctrine.

[Interviewer] In a somewhat provocative way, can we say that the true guardian of doctrine is you, and not pope Francis?
[BURKE, smiles, shakes his head] We must, let us leave aside the matter of the Pope. In our faith, it is the truth of doctrine that guides us.

[Interviewer] If Pope Francis insists on this path, what will you do?
[BURKEI will resist. I cannot do anything else. There is no doubt that this is a difficult time, this is clear, this is clear.
[Interviewer] According to you, today, is the Catholic Church under threat as an institution?
[BURKE] The Lord assured us, as he assured Saint Peter in the Gospel, that the forces of evil will not prevail -- non praevalebunt, we say in Latin. That the forces of evil will not achieve, let us say, victory over the Church.

[Interviewer, looking at a portrait of Francis in the Cardinal's study] Well then, Francis is your friend?
[BURKE, laughter] I would not want to make of the pope an enemy, certainly!

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