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Today your humble blogger re-publishes a Polonia Christiana (see here) post pertaining to His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke’s book tour in Poland. As mentioned in previous post (see here), Cardinal Burke was in Poland. For the first time as it just so happens. On the 6th of February, His Eminence was in Poznan where he “celeberated” a post-conciliar mass and gave a lecture pertaining to the new Polish edition of his book Divine Love made flesh: The Holy Eucharist as the Sacrament of Charity. At the lecture, the auditorium was PACKED, with people having to stand in the hallways leading to the entrance.

Yesterday in turn, the Great Cardinal was in Krakow and offered a Pontifical High Mass at the former Jesuit church of Sts. Peter and Paul. And again, the church was packed as was his lecture preceeding the Mass.

And another first for the Restoration. The first Pontifical High Mass in Krakow was offered by a cardinal since “the new springtime of the ‘spirit’ of Vatican II”!

Deo gratias!

But that is not all. What is of interest is that on both occasions, the Great Cardinal was asked about the situtaiton with the Society of St. Pius X. Unfortunately, I do not have any information about what the exact questions were, nor what the nature of the responce was. But the questions did come from the crowd and while both ordinaries were in the room. :)))))))))  Once I have secured verified information, I will update this post.

But for now, hot off the press and… (see original here – translation below is yours truely)

Update 11:04 02/09/2016

More photos here.


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Holy Eurcharist, struggle with the crisis in the Church and Pontifical High Mass – Cardinal Burke in Krakow.

It is necessary to restore the sacred dimension of the liturgy, which must be built on the fundamental principle, that we do not create the liturgy, but it is an act, action and activity of Christ – emphasized His Eminence Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke during the meeting in Krakow.

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, former Archbishop of Saint Louis and the American prefect of the Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, and today chief of the Sovereign Order of Malta, visited Krakow February 8, 2016, as part of a visit to Poland to promote his latest book. To a packed auditorium of the Franciscan Monastery, with an introduction from His Eminence Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, who welcomed his guest with warm words of greeting. The applause that welcomed to Krakow the author of the book Divine Love made flesh: The Holy Eucharist as the Sacrament of Charity, seemed to have no end. Visibly moved by these signs of affection the Cardinal began his lecture, after a few words directed toward the distinguished guest and the large audience, were made on behalf of the organizers of the meeting, and directed by the chief editor of the magazine “Polonia Christiana”, vice-president of the Association of Priest Peter Complaints Slawomir Skiba.

– Thank you for your unbending and courageous pastoral and Catholic position and your defense of the family and marriage during the last Synod. We stand behind it, as lay Catholics we are especially grateful to the Cardinal – said editor Skiba. – The Cardinal all of his life, and also with the publication of Divine Love made flesh: The Holy Eucharist as the Sacrament of Charity, indicates what should constitute the center of Catholic life – he stressed.

– From my youth I experienced the unity and confidence with which Poles lived their faith after coming to my homeland. Polish Catholicism has always been a great blessing for the Church in the United States, and for me personally. That is why I am very happy that my book about the Holy Eucharist is available to readers in Polish – said Cardinal Burke.

As the honored guest mentioned – “all my memories of the development of my faith relate to the Sunday Holy Mass, Eucharistic practices and their development through their devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.” – I never had a doubt that the greatest gift for me, for my family and the whole Church is the Holy Sacrifice and its fruits – said Cardinal.

– During the time of my upbringing, Eucharistic piety coincided with the time when at the age of 10 I became an altar boy. Being an even closer witness to all the wealth and beauty of the Mass and above all, the irreplaceable ministry of priests, was a grace which today fills me with a sense of gratitude – Cardinal Burke said, explaining why he choose to write and publish on the Blessed Sacrament.

The prelate also mentioned his experience -“very painful” as he pointed out – on the effects of the liturgical reform, “the interiors of the churches have been reorganized, the most beautiful objects have been removed – in particular the high altars. They stopped taking care of the altar linens and the vessels and vestments. There is often horrible modern music. Latin was heard infrequently or never.” – Experiments seemed to be without end – he said.

The questions that were put forth by the audience after the lecture undoubtedly provide evidence for the concern about the current state of the Church, but they are also a testimony of deep love and affection for the Holy Faith. The questions concerned, inter alia, the Holy Mass celebrated in the Extraordinary Roman rite, the canonical situation of the Society of St. Pius X and the ways to overcome the crisis, which is the Church.

– The source of the crisis of the Church are very deep and go back into the past. The social crisis, which involved the rejection of authority, met with the liturgical crisis. The faithful, who came into contact with this crisis, did not receive support from the Church – he said.

As was emphasized by the Cardinal, to exit from the crisis in which we find ourselves, two elements are critical. What are these elements? – The first is carried out from an early age to adulthood, deepened thorough catechesis, which provides an explanation of the faith. Today we come into contact with a situation in which people who want to defend their faith, lack of expertise and fundamental knowledge. The second is the need to restore the sacred dimension to the liturgy, which must be built on the fundamental principle that we do not create the liturgy, but it is an act, action and activity of Christ. Emphasizing this principle, serve all of the details regarding the liturgy and the decoration of the church. Let us always remember that it is Christ who act in the liturgy – admonished His Eminence Cardinal Burke.

Huge crowds of faithful attended the Pontifical High Mass in the Krakow church of Saints Peter and Paul. It was celebrated by Cardinal Burke in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. The Krakow Faithful became witnesses of the Mass in this rite celebrated in Poland by a priest wearing a cardinal’s hat, for the first time since changes to the liturgy were introduced after Vatican II, and thus for the first time in fifty years!

Organizers of the event also stressed that they were able to organize the Mass thanks to the help given them by the parish priests of St. Mary’s Church and the Wawel Cathedral, who provided for this occasion the necessary vestments.

During his homily, Cardinal Raymond Burke recalled the patron saint of the day – St. John of Matha, the founder of the first Redemptionist Order – the Order of the Most Holy Trinity for the Redemption of Slaves, dealing with the redemption of Christians who were taken prisoner by the Muslims. Cardinal emphasized the extraordinary timeliness of the works of St. John.

The very numerous faithful who gathered for Mass, sang as the recessional hymn the Polish song: “We want God!”.

Everyone who was absent at the Mass offered by Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke will soon be able to see the video recording, which will be posted on PCh24.pl. In the coming days, we will publish the film from the meeting with the author Cardinal, promoting the book “Divine Love made flesh: The Holy Eucharist as the Sacrament of Charity”

We will also publish an extensive photo gallery of the Mass shortly.

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Selected photos from 6 February lecture in Poznan: (original post at Polonia Christiana with more photos here)

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