The Great Cardinal

The Great Cardinal

Today we start with another significant development. It would appear that after the “Lineamenta” has been sent to the bishops’ conferences, the battle lines are starting to be formed. More on this development in a future post, but for today, we are interested in “confirmation” of this blog’s assessment of the situtation post Secret Synod of 2014. And the confirmation of our hypothesis that we have been examining comes from no less a source than the Great Cardinal himself. The interview was granted to French journalist Jean-Marie Guénois for Le Figaro Magazine, published on December 19, 2014 (issue, p. 46) and Rorate Caeli provides the translation. And on an aside, congratulations on NINE spectacular years to the team at the Rorate Caeli blog. As the Poles would say on such an occasion: Sto Lat! (“May they live to be a 100”- would be a loose translation.) But back to business…

Below is the translation of a portion of an interview with Cardinal Burke by the French journalist Jean-Marie Guénois. There are a few very important elements that I would like to bring to your attention. Alll these elements have been addressed in the Synod of the Three Paragraphs post. (see here). The most important of these is the confirmation of the hypothesis that the Synod of 2014 was not about “the Family”.  I have belabored this point in last 4 post that I have written since the Francis interview in La Nacion appeared on the 7th of December. Cardinal Burke appears to judge assess the situation very closely to that which I have written. Here are the key points:

“In fact, the intermediate document [relatio post disceptationem] seemed to have had already been written before the interventions of the Synodal Fathers! And according to a single line, in favor of the position of Cardinal Kasper…”

“The homosexual question was also introduced, which has no relation with the question of marriage, by looking for positive elements in it.”

“Another highly troubling point: the intermediate text made no reference to Scripture, nor to the Tradition of the Church, nor to the teaching of John Paul II on conjugal love.”

“It was therefore highly off-putting.”

“As also the fact that in the final report were kept paragraphs on homosexuality and the remarried divorcees that had not however been adopted by the requisite majority of bishops.”

And Cardinal Burke’s call to arms.

“I am therefore very worried, and I call upon all Catholics, laymen, priests, and bishops, to involve themselves, from now up to the upcoming Synodal assembly, in order to highlight the truth on marriage.”

The above, are the words of The Great Cardinal. And the most important take away is the last sentence. It would appear that the forces of the “Indefectible” Church are preparing for battle.

Below is the translation for Rorate Caeli blog that I mentioned earlier:

Cardinal Burke: “I’m very worried.”

Jean-Marie Guénois

Le Figaro Magazine

December 19, 2014

Named by Benedict XVI prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, a dicastery of the Roman Curia, American cardinal Raymond Burke was discharged from this mission by Francis, and named chaplain of the Order of Malta. An extremely rare event in the history of the Church, he dared to criticize publicly the method followed by the Pope during the Synod on the Family.

Le Figaro Magazine – Can a cardinal be in disagreement with the pope?

Cardinal Burke – It is certainly possible for a cardinal to be in disagreement with the pope on matters of procedure or of a pastoral line. But it is on the other hand impossible for there to be a divergence on a matter of doctrine and discipline of the Church. This means therefore that a Cardinal, in certain situations, has the duty to say what he truly thinks to the pope. Obviously, he must always express himself in a respectful manner, because the pope represents the petrine ministry. But if the pope has cardinals around him, it is precisely in order to give him advices.

Was too much significance given to the divergences noticed during the Synod on the Family?

That which is strange in this dossier of the remarried divorcees is that those who recalled and supported that which the Latin Church has always taught have been accused of being against the Holy Father, and of not being in harmony with the Church… It is amazing! That being said, the Church has always known theological disputes and strong confrontations in which theologians and cardinals were led to give their views. If therefore I published, along with other cardinals, a study on this theme to express my opinion, it is in the spirit of providing a true theological discussion to to reach the truth.

Were you shocked with what took place in the Synod?

The synod was a difficult experience. There was a line, that of Cardinal Kasper, we might say, behind which lined up those who had in their hands the direction of the synod. In fact, the intermediate document [relatio post disceptationem] seemed to have had already been written before the interventions of the Synodal Fathers! And according to a single line, in favor of the position of Cardinal Kasper… The homosexual question was also introduced, which has no relation with the question of marriage, by looking for positive elements in it. Another highly troubling point: the intermediate text made no reference to Scripture, nor to the Tradition of the Church, nor to the teaching of John Paul II on conjugal love. It was therefore highly off-putting. As also the fact that in the final report were kept paragraphs on homosexuality and the remarried divorcees that had not however been adopted by the requisite majority of bishops.

What are the stakes in what has become a controversy?

In an age filled with confusion, as we see with Gender Theory, we need the teaching of the Church on marriage. Yet, we are on the contrary pushed towards a direction for the admission to communion of divorced and remarried persons. Without mentioning this obsession with lightening the procedures of annulment of the marital bond. All this will lead de facto to a kind of “Catholic divorce”, and to the weakening of the indissolubility of marriage, whose principle is nonetheless reaffirmed. However, the Church must defend marriage, and not weaken it. The indissolubility of marriage is not a penance, nor a suffering. It is a great beauty for those who live it, it is a source of joy. I am therefore very worried, and I call upon all Catholics, laymen, priests, and bishops, to involve themselves, from now up to the upcoming Synodal assembly, in order to highlight the truth on marriage.

– Interview granted in Rome to Jean-Marie Guénois

[Le Figaro Magazine, Dec. 19, 2014 issue, p. 46. Rorate translation]

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