The Man Who Should Have Been Made Pope: Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke

Cardinal Burke  Here from Wikipedia are some of the reasons why:


Sheryl Crow concert

On April 25, 2007, after singer Sheryl Crow, an abortion rights supporter, was scheduled to perform at a benefit concert for the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, Archbishop Burke resigned as chair of the hospital foundation’s board of directors.[42]

Deeming this a scandal, Burke claimed that to have the hospital host Crow would give “the impression that the Church is somehow inconsistent in its teaching.” The Saint Louis archbishop reportedly asked that her invitation be privately removed, but then felt compelled to submit his resignation once Crow’s performance in concert was confirmed.[43]

Saint Louis University staff

On January 22, 2008, Burke urged Saint Louis University to take disciplinary action against its head basketball coach, Rick Majerus, after Majerus publicly supported abortion and embryonic stem cell research at a campaign event for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton three days earlier.[44]

With Saint Louis University being run by the Society of Jesus, Burke responded by saying, “When you take a position in a Catholic university, you don’t have to embrace everything the Catholic Church teaches. But you can’t make statements which call into question the identity and mission of the Catholic Church.” SLU spokesman Jeff Fowler responded to Burke’s statement by saying, “Rick’s comments were his own personal view. They were made at an event he did not attend as a university representative.”[45]

Burke again responded to the controversy aroused by his statements in an interview with the archdiocesan newspaper, The St. Louis Review, on the following February 1.[46] The archbishop said, “It gives scandal to other people, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, if they hear a Catholic give an interview to the media, saying that I am proud to be a Catholic but at the same time I hold these views.” When asked about his usually outspoken manner in controversial issues, he responded, “Is there something unusual about a bishop saying that it’s wrong to be in favor of procured abortion? I’m a Roman Catholic priest and bishop. What else would you expect me to say?”

Ordination of women

In June 2008, Burke applied an interdict, which excludes from church ministries and forbids participation in the sacraments, to Sister of Charity Louise Lears, judging her guilty of three grave canonical offenses against the Catholic Church‘s faith and teachings. Lears, a pastoral worker and educator, had publicly stated her belief that all of the church’s ministries, including the priesthood, should be open to women.[47] Lears received the interdict after attending an attempted ordination of a woman to the Catholic priesthood at a Jewish synagogue by the WomenPriests movement.[48]

2008 U.S. presidential election

In a September 2008 interview, Burke said that “the Democratic Party risks transforming itself definitively into a ‘party of death,’ because of its choices on bioethical questions,” especially elective abortion.[49]

In May 2009, he stated, “Since President Obama clearly announced, during the election campaign, his anti-life and anti-family agenda, a Catholic who knew his agenda regarding, for example, procured abortion, embryonic-stem-cell research, and same-sex marriage, could not have voted for him with a clear conscience.”[50]

Canon law regarding Holy Communion

In March 2009, Burke was interviewed by Randall Terry, the pro-life activist and Catholic convert who founded Operation Rescue. In the videotaped interview, Archbishop Burke called on American bishops to withhold Communion, in line with canon 915, from Catholic politicians who support legalized abortion.[51] The bishops’ failure to do so, Burke said, “is weakening the faith of everyone. It’s giving the impression that it must be morally correct to support procured abortion.”[51] He also called President Barack Obama “an agent of death” for his pro-choice views.[51] Terry called for the removal of Paul Loverde and Donald Wuerl, for not denying Communion to these politicians, and also criticized Cardinals Roger Mahony and Theodore McCarrick. After the interview was released, Burke apologized to his “brother bishops” for the “misuse” of his statements, saying: “Mr. Terry has used the videotape for another purpose which I find most objectionable.”[52] He clarified that he made his remarks not as Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, head of the Vatican’s highest court, but simply as an American bishop.[52]

In an October 2010 interview, held before the consistory in which he was elevated to the cardinalate, Burke reiterated that to directly vote for a candidate who not only supports the right to choose to have an abortion and/or to have the right to euthanasia, but who actively supports abortion and/or euthanasia, because of the candidate’s stance, is a mortal sin. To vote for a candidate who held these stances without a very grave reason- and he said there were not many, if any at all- would still be wrong even if the voter did not expressly vote for him or her because of those stances. The only possible valid reason, Cardinal-designate Burke said, would be if that candidate was the least pro-abortion or pro-euthanasia of the candidates.

Statements on Catholic higher education

On Wednesday, December 15, 2010, a story posted by the ZENIT website homepage (Innovative Media) described Cardinal Burke as “underlining the importance of Catholic higher education, and the need for these institutions to keep their identity strong. The prefect…gave an address at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (Merrimack, New Hampshire), where he affirmed the importance that ‘the Church has consistently assigned to Catholic higher education, in order that ‘the convergence of faith and reason in the one truth may be seen more clearly’.”[citation needed]

On violations of liturgical norms

At the March 2, 2011 launch of a book in Italian, whose title translates as “How to Go to Mass and Not Lose Your Faith”, Cardinal Burke declared that liturgical abuses damage the faith of Catholics: “If we err by thinking we are the center of the liturgy, the Mass will lead to a loss of faith. Unfortunately, too many priests and bishops treat violations of liturgical norms as something that is unimportant, when, in fact, they are serious abuses.”[53][54][55]

On end-of-life palliative care and euthanasia

At a July 23, 2011 conference on end-of-life care conference sponsored by the St. Gianna Physician’s Guild, Cardinal Burke said that suffering does not cause a person to have less meaning in his life, nor does it give the government the right to decide if that person should live or die: “No matter how much a life is diminished, no matter what suffering the person is undergoing, that life demands the greatest respect and care. It’s never right to snuff out a life because it’s in some way under heavy burden.”[56]

On Catholic diocesan communications workers

According to a Thursday, April 19, 2012 online news brief posted by Catholic News Service (CNS),: “Church communicators have an important and serious duty to obey church teaching and defend the church’s mission of saving souls and safeguarding truth, said the head of the Vatican‘s highest court. Caution as well as control over content and where it’s distributed are needed because while the field of communications “has great potential for good,” it “also can be turned to the harm of the faithful,” said U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature. Communicators should be guided and directed by pastors to make sure their content is free from doctrinal and theological error, and Catholics should avoid outlets that openly attack Christian morality, he added. The cardinal was one of dozens of speakers at a biennial seminar for people who work in the field of media and communications for dioceses, religious institutions and other church organizations. Sponsored by Rome‘s Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, the April 16–18 seminar focused on ways the church could better portray the essence and vitality of the Christian faith. Cardinal Burke, who is a canon lawyer, focused his talk April 18 on the importance of canon law in protecting the integrity of the church’s mission and its members. The church’s discipline and canonical processes are “not only not a hindrance to the effective communication of the Catholic faith, but also an effective manifestation of the vitality of the faith.”…”[57]

On the prospect of the successful conclusion of reintegration talks with the SSPX (the Lefebvrists)

According to a Friday, June 15, 2012 posting of an online news story article by Catholic News Service (CNS), reported and written by Francis X. Rocca, Cardinal Burke, in an interview with CNS after a meeting between Bishop Bernard Fellay, the Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) and William Cardinal Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, expressed confidence, that despite remaining doctrinal obstacles and problems getting all the members to reconcile with the Vatican (they will be dealt with separately and individually), that many members of the Society would most likely fully reconcile in the not too distant future.[58]

On use of the Tridentine Mass

In an interview with Catholic News Service (CNS), in a video interview and an article written by Francis X. Rocca and posted on Friday, July 6, 2012, Cardinal Burke said that the Church could appreciate the unique contributions the Tridentine Mass and its style can have on possibly remedying potential errors of post-Vatican II life and liturgy of the Church, emphasizing that either the Mass’s liturgy had to be done properly and that the Latin Tridentine formula had to be followed correctly when it was celebrated publicly or privately. Pope Benedict XVI, in the July 2007 Motu Proprio (formal document) Summorum Pontificum, had authorized wider use of the older Mass, in part to reconcile the SSPX and other traditionalists to the Church, but also to encourage greater awareness of the richness and depth of that liturgy.[59]

Comments at the 2012 World Synod of Bishops On The New Evangelization

According to a Thursday, October 25, 2012 news brief from Catholic News Service (CNS), in written comments to the Synod on Tuesday afternoon, October 23, Cardinal Burke criticized “antinomianism“- the belief that grace exempts Christians from obedience to the moral law. This abandonment of Church doctrine over the past half-century has undermined the reforms of Vatican Council II and post-conciliar ecclesial (Church) life, helping relativism and secularism, especially in the West, make what are viewed by the Church as intrinsically evil acts (those considered always, or at least nearly always wrong, usually independent of the circumstances or other factors, e.g., abortion, euthanasia, genocide, changes to marriage, embryonic stem cell research) seem less evil and more appropriate to an individual believer or to society.[60]

Opposition for communion for Irish politicians who support abortion

An article in the Irish Independent on 6 February 2013 reported Cardinal Burke as stating that, in accordance with canon law, priests should exclude politicians who support abortion from receiving communion.[61]

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