The cardinal patron of the Knights of Malta, Cardinal Raymond Burke, is urging Pope Francis to take the “hot-button” issues off the table at the 2015 Synod on the family.
The former Cardinal Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura made the comments while addressing more than 300 delegates at a family and marriage conference organised by Catholic Voice, Limerick, Ireland.
Cardinal Burke told the gathering the issues of Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried, cohabitation and same-sex marriage had distracted from the 2014 October Synod.
Warning that Satan was sowing confusion and error about matrimony, Cardinal Burke said, “Even within the church there are those who would obscure the truth of the indissolubility of marriage in the name of mercy.”
Cardinal Burke said that he could not reconcile the Church’s clear teaching on marriage with the proposal to allow Communion to divorced and remarried Catholics.
He went on to argue that a clear affirmation of marriage is needed in a culture afflicted by pornography, a contraceptive mentality, and an “incredibly aggressive homosexual agenda.” (Source)
This man is so bang on. At a time when, more than ever, the world needs a strong affirmation of the true meaning of sex and marriage, the Church is instead projecting mass confusion, compromise, dilution of truth and false hopes.
Instead of evangelizing the world, we’re letting it de-evangelize us. With bishops and cardinals leading the charge, no less.