Tuesday, November 14, 2017

BREAKING: Cardinal Burke Makes "Final Plea" to Pope on 1st Anniversary of the Dubia

Cardinal Walter Brandmüller and Cardinal Raymond Burke
It's not the correction. It's sort of a preview. Rather than being a sign of timidity, it may be part of a strategy to get the presentation and timing right. Wise or unwise, this sort of thing matters. Right now, getting it right is the most important thing in the world.

From Edward Pentin at the National Catholic Register:
One year to the day since the dubia were made public, Cardinal Raymond Burke has made a final plea to the Holy Father to clarify key aspects of his moral teaching, saying the gravity of the situation is “continually worsening.” 
In a Nov. 14 interview with the National Catholic Register, Cardinal Burke said he was turning again “to the Holy Father and to the whole Church” to emphasize “how urgent it is that, in exercising the ministry he has received from the Lord, the Pope should confirm his brothers in the faith with a clear expression of the teaching regarding both Christian morality and the meaning of the Church’s sacramental practice.”
Here is one of the questions and Burke's response:
What tangible effect has this mix of interpretations [of Amoris Laetitia] had? 
This hermeneutical confusion has already produced a sad result. In fact, the ambiguity regarding a concrete point of the pastoral care of the family has led some to propose a paradigm shift regarding the Church’s entire moral practice, the foundations of which have been authoritatively taught by Saint John Paul II in his encyclical Veritatis Splendor. 
Indeed a process has been put into motion that is subversive of essential parts of the Tradition. Concerning Christian morality, some claim that absolute moral norms need to be relativized and that a subjective, self-referential conscience needs to be given an – ultimately equivocal – primacy in matters touching morals. What is at stake, therefore, is in no way secondary to the kerygma or basic gospel message. We are speaking about whether or not a person’s encounter with Christ can, by the grace of God, give form to the path of the Christian life so that it may be in harmony with the Creator’s wise design. To understand how far-reaching these proposed changes are, it is enough to think of what would happen if this reasoning were to be applied to other cases, such as that of a medical doctor performing abortions, of a politician belonging to a ring of corruption, of a suffering person deciding to make a request for assisted suicide...
Read the rest here.


  1. Hopefully some will listen to Cardinal Burke for the sake of their souls. Amoris Laetitia makes the road to hell an expressway.

  2. Sounds rather dubious to me . . .

  3. What can Burke do, really? Say that the pope is a material heretic?

  4. How do we know a pope from a non-pope?

  5. Marine Le Pen is getting charged for tweeting pictures of IS violence, if you haven't seen. Yeah, really.