In the pic: Cardinal Raymond Burke at the 2017 Rome March for Life
Absurd to question? No, not all!
Is it possible to believe always? No, not at all! But seeing is believing. That is why this item on Cardinal Burke is posted (read report below). In an earlier post we just hinted that things are turning topsy-turvy in the Catholic Church as if the Apocalypse is imminent in the context of forecasters like Malachy that we are with the last Pope now. Time was when there was not even a murmur of opposition whenever a Pope spoke. But now?
Even highly placed powerful cardinals in the most powerful country like US oppose and conduct campaigns to warn people not to be misled by a Pope who can make mistakes. True even Popes, many popes have made not just mistakes but blunders. We are not saying that Cardinal Raymond is wrong. We are saying we should not be too quick to accept and approve one, just because he wears a Cardinal’s glittering outfit and red hat, and reject another because he is dressed in a beggar’s shabby outfit. But we all should use our own light, the light of reason God has given to each one of us to discern the right from the wrong, the wheat from the chaff.
At least some of you may remember Peter Reddy, an itinerant preacher in the footsteps of St. Francis in Kerala, who used to be invited to give great spiritual talks but lived a simple humble life and delighted to be in the company of the poor and beggars. Once he was the invitee key-note speaker at a big meeting. Even though time was up no one could find him although he used to be punctual. After long search they found him seated on the floor in a corner with country folks and the embarrassed organizer apologized saying:
“Please pardon me for treating you so badly, I never knew you’re an MA (He was a well educated knowledgable person.) and he replied very politely. “MA is nothing, what is important is that I am “MA+N” (Man). He needed Human and humane considerations only, nothing more, nothing less. Sadhu Ittiyavira, a former Jesuit, now may be in his 90es may be one such alive who wrote the forward of one of this scribe’s books.
Yes we are all idolaters, to a lesser or greater extend, of the Mammon of iniquity and the gorgeously dressed up royalties. When money speaks we all keep quiet most of the time. The time to keep silent is when Truth is unfolded. Truth is a trap. When it unfolds, its magnetic pull and spell, will drag you into it even without your knowledge, if you are a worshiper, a votary of TRUTH at heart. It will come as a response to the commanding voice of conscience.
It is not absurd to say that both the Pope and prostitute have come from the loving hand of God. Their names are written with equal boldness on the palm of his hands. Otherwise Jesus would not have said: “Drunkards and prostitutes would go to heaven before you.” So rejoice in the thought of a God of mercy, who consoles, not condemns, as Francis says. james kottoor, editor,ccv.
Please read below report on Cardinal Burke! Idolatry of Francis Pappa?
Cardinal Burke warns Against ‘Idolatry of Papacy’
Pete Baklinski , in LifeSiteNews, Aug.9, 2017
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, August 9, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — To treat every word uttered by the Pope as if it were official Church teaching would be to fall into an “idolatry of the papacy,” said Cardinal Raymond Burke in a recent address at a Catholic conference in Kentucky.
The Cardinal, who spoke at the July 22 “Church Teaches Forum” in Louisville, said that Catholics seeking to remain true to Christ and the Church he founded must learn to discern between the “words of the man who is Pope and the words of the Pope as Vicar of Christ on earth.”
Cardinal Raymond Burke was preaching during opening Mass of the 27th annual 'Church Teaches Forum' on July 20, 2017.Glenn Rutherford “Pope Francis has chosen to speak often in his first body, the body of the man who is Pope. In fact, even in documents which, in the past, have represented more solemn teaching, he states clearly that he is not offering magisterial teaching but his own thinking,” the Cardinal said.
“But those who are accustomed to a different manner of Papal speaking want to make his every statement somehow part of the Magisterium. To do so is contrary to reason and to what the Church has always understood,” he continued. “It is simply wrong and harmful to the Church to receive every declaration of the Holy Father as an expression of papal teaching or magisterium,” he added.
The Catholic Church holds that a pope teaches infallibly when “in virtue of his office…he proclaims by a definitive act a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals.” The Church also holds that when the pope in the “exercise of the ordinary Magisterium” proposes a teaching that “leads to better understanding of Revelation in matters of faith and morals” the faithful “are to adhere to it with religious assent.” These teachings are found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Burke has previously called the Pope’s controversial 2016 Amoris Laetitia “not an act of the magisterium” but a “personal reflection of the Pope.” The Apostolic Exhortation has been interpreted by various bishops and cardinals as allowing civilly-divorced-and-remarried Catholics living in adultery to receive Holy Communion. Such an interpretation contradicts previous Catholic teaching.
Burke called it “absurd” for anyone to think that Pope Francis as Vicar of Christ on earth could officially “teach something which is not in accord with what his predecessors, for example Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Saint John Paul II, have solemnly taught.”
The Cardinal said that making the distinction between “words of the man who is Pope and the words of the Pope as Vicar of Christ on earth” is crucial for showing “ultimate respect” for the Petrine Office while staying true to the perennial teachings of the Catholic faith. "Without the distinction, we would easily lose respect for the Papacy or be led to think that, if we do not agree with the personal opinions of the man who is Roman Pontiff, then we must break communion with the Church,” he said.
Any declaration of the Pope, said Burke, must be understood “within the context of the constant teaching and practice of the Church, lest confusion and division about the teaching and practice of the Church enter into her body to the great harm of souls and to the great harm of the evangelization of the world.”
Burke said that Catholics must be diligent not to be led astray by false teaching. “The faithful are not free to follow theological opinions which contradict the doctrine contained in the Holy Scriptures and Sacred Tradition, and confirmed by the ordinary Magisterium, even if these opinions are finding a wide hearing in the Church and are not being corrected by the Church’s pastors as the pastors are obliged to do,” he said.