+Burke: And then the whole matter: that even though [certain] paragraphs were removed, and rightly so, although contrary to practice in the past the document was printed with those paragraphs included, and one had to go and look at the votation to see that certain paragraphs had been removed. It’s disturbing to me that even those sections which were voted to be removed still received a substantial number of votes.
Question: Juridically, when those three paragraphs did not receive the two-thirds majority, were they to be removed from the document?
+Burke: Absolutely. We couldn’t have any discussion on that text, but we voted paragraph by paragraph, and what’s the point of voting paragraph by paragraph except to either accept a paragraph of have it removed. This is just one more disturbing aspect about the way in which Synod of Bishops was conducted.
Question: Do you see this agenda continuing through the coming year? They aren’t going to change course?
+Burke: No, because the General Secretary [Cardinal Baldiserri] has identified himself very strongly with the Kasper thesis, and he is not hesitant to say so and has gone around also giving talks in various places. He’s less outspoken than Cardinal Kasper but nevertheless it’s clear that he subscribes to that school. So no, this is going to go on and that’s why it’s important that we continue to speak up and to act as we are able to address the situation. (Source)
Many of us are still reluctant to believe how politics have entered the Church. This can’t be happening because bishops and cardinals always do the right thing, or so we were taught. Some of us worry that it’s sinful to say or speak out against this hijacking of the Synod.
But this is the reality we face. Lots of people get uncomfortable, squeamish and gun-shy once we get this deep into reality. That’s why Cardinal Burke is such a blessing. Notice his mention about the ongoing need to speak up and act. That’s not just the responsibility of bishops and cardinals. We all have to weigh in.