Monday, November 10, 2014

Cardinal Burke's demotion: implications

Robert Royal writes, in The Catholic Thing (November 10, 2014):
There’s a double sadness here. Pope Francis clearly approved these moves – whether they were instigated by him personally or by advisers he listens to. But it’s precisely voices like Burke’s that he needs to keep around. He’s already hearing plenty from often unreliable counselors like Cardinals Maradiaga, Marx, and Kasper. The last in particular seems more and more incoherent as he tries to explain precisely why marriage is indissoluble and yet those in a second sexual relationship – though not a marriage – may be absolved and return to receiving Communion. The only way that’s possible is if God repeals the Law of Non-contradiction. I don’t think that’s on his to-do list.

But there’s more and, I think, worse. I’m not especially given to conspiracy theories in sacred or secular contexts. But there’s some – let’s say – systemic problem within the Vatican that having a loyal truth-teller like Burke around helps to correct.
[Hat tip to Fr. Z. -- emphases are his.]


Amateur Brain Surgeon said...

Burke publicly called out the Pope and told him to do his job; that is, he distilled the advice of Saint Paul as recorded in Titus 1

For a bishop must be without crime, as the steward of God: not proud, not subject to anger, not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre:

8 But given to hospitality, gentle, sober, just, holy, continent,

9 Embracing that faithful word which is according to doctrine: that he may be able to exhort in sound doctrine, and to convince the gainsayers.

10 For there are also many disobedient, vain talkers, and seducers: especially they who are of the circumcision:

11 Who must be reproved, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.

(Kasper and Marx for example)

Well, we all know who it is Our Pope and Our Cross reproves and it is not the Messias-Deniers, the Jews, or the Protestants, or Kasper and Marx, but the traditionalists.

As Saint Yogi Berra said: You can observe a lot by just watching.

Son of Ya'Kov said...

This is interesting.

Why Cardinal Burke cannot lead a 'loyal opposition’

"So if you have a personal animus toward Pope Francis, don’t count on Cardinal Burke as an ally, much less as your leader. He understands that even the accusation of personal animosity-- to say nothing of the reality-- discredits the arguments of those who seek to uphold Catholic doctrine. “

Like I said it is never boring.

Amateur Brain Surgeon said...

Personal Loyalty to any particular Pope has never formed part of Tradition. Thus, his argument is voided.

There have been not a few Popes who were charlatans, who fathered children, who were heretics etc etc

The Pope has a duty to defend the Faith and to oppose error and it is to Jesus Christ, the Head of His Church, that we must exhibit loyalty. not to a Pope who refuses to discharge his duties.

The ultramontane tribalism of the neocaths is a sad spectacle but there are not a few who think Catholic Culture represents Tradition.