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).

Monday, December 19, 2016

A son (Burke) corrects our father (Francis).
Update: LifeSiteNews has now released the full text of our interview with Cardinal Burke (HERE), and a second article on the interview: Cardinal Burke: When you’re insulted for defending truth, ‘adhere ever more strongly’ to Church.
December 19, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – In an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews (Lisa Bourne), Cardinal Raymond Burke has given an indication of the possible timeline of a “formal correction” of Pope Francis should the Pope not respond to the five dubia seeking clarity on Amoris Laetitia, presented to the Pope by four Cardinals, including Cardinal Burke.
The formal correction of a pope is hardly a matter of little consequence. Should circumstances develop to include the formal correction of a pope's teaching, we can be reasonably sure that the battle lines drawn between men will likely become that much more active, possibly inflamed to a degree that few have seen since former times when people actually got heated up about doctrine. Throughout such an encounter, Cardinal Burke would likely be one of the calm voices of reason and charity sustaining, as he already is, our focus on Jesus Christ and His truth and mercy.

Cardinalis Patronus of the Sovereign Order of Malta

Make no mistake, Cardinal Burke, a gentle man with an indomitable spirit, is not given to exaggeration nor fooling around when it comes to defending the Faith and the salvation of souls. There are very few in our time who have demonstrated passion for the Truth, the brains to recognize it, and the gracious tenacity to pursue and preach the Truth to the degree that Cardinal Burke has.

Cardinal Burke is a humble man whose sense of mercy is not impeded by cheap abstractions and sugarcoated sophisms which bind men's souls to sin.

Those who have questioned Cardinal Burke's integrity and zeal for Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church should rethink and retract their scandalous accusations against a man who clearly and dearly loves the Office of Saint Peter.

Pray for the good cardinal and those who have taken up the defence of the Truth and the Office of Peter.


Pope John XXII in the 14th century was publicly challenged by cardinals, bishops, and lay theologians after denying the doctrine that the souls of the just are admitted to the beatific vision after death, teaching instead that heaven is delayed until the general resurrection at the end of time. Pope John eventually recanted his position, due in part to a joint letter from theologians from the University of Paris that professed total obedience to the pope while making it clear to him that his teaching contradicted the Catholic faith.
Burke called the procedure of correcting the error of a pontiff a “way of safeguarding that office and its exercise.”
“It’s carried out with the absolute respect for the office of the Successor of Saint Peter,” he said.
Cardinal Burke's motto is Secundum cor tuum.
The motto is proper to Cardinal Burke and is taken from a favorite invocation which is found in a small volume containing the Gospels and Psalms, together with an appendix of prayers, given by Pope Paul VI to the 359 deacons whom he ordained to the priesthood on June 29 of the Holy Year 1975, among whom was Cardinal Burke. The invocation is: “O bone Jesu, fac ut sim sacerdos secundum Cor Tuum.” (“O good Jesus, make me a priest after Your own Heart.”) Contained in the Raccolta, the invocation refers to a text from the Prophet Jeremiah in which the Lord, through the Prophet, promises: “I will appoint over you shepherds after my own heart, who will shepherd you wisely and prudently.” (Jer. 3:15)—from Cardinal Burke Coat of Arms, webpage of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
There's this story concerning a man who left the practice of the Faith and who was restored by God through the witness of Raymond Leo Burke:
“While some malign Archbishop Burke for his fidelity to God, Church and all souls, I say that he is a true shepherd of the faithful and a present day Athanasius,” (Eric) Hess wrote. “I tell you that he remains a mentor and an inspiration to me. Although my own biological father rejected me, Archbishop Burke became my spiritual father by lovingly representing our Father in heaven.”—LifeSiteNews

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