I’ve been keeping a low profile here on the Catholic Legate since the Synod. I’ve been spending my time on Facebook. It’s just easier to “share” then going through all of the mumbo in typing up a blog post. Facebook is the lazy blogger’s alternative. I’ve also been busy with life, with work, kids, my Men’s Group, etc. etc.
And I just don’t have the energy anymore, frankly. I’ve also learned to pick my battles, too. But as the Synod approaches, I can feel stirrings in my belly for another donnybrook.
Last week, our hero Cardinal, Cardinal Raymond Burke, let the first salvo go. Here is what was reported:
Cardinal Burke said his interview with the French television channel France 2, broadcast Feb. 8, was “accurately reported” concerning a question and answer about resisting Pope Francis. According to a translation of the interview on the blog Rorate Caeli, the cardinal stressed the need for attentiveness to the power of the office of the papacy in Catholic understanding. Papal power is “at the service of the doctrine of the faith,” he explained, “and thus the Pope does not have the power to change teaching, doctrine.” The interviewer then asked: “In a somewhat provocative way, can we say that the true guardian of doctrine is you, and not Pope Francis?” “We must, let us leave aside the matter of the Pope,” the cardinal replied. “In our faith, it is the truth of doctrine that guides us.” “If Pope Francis insists on this path, what will you do?” the interviewer then asked. “I will resist. I cannot do anything else,” he said. The cardinal’s statement about resistance drew significant coverage. Cardinal Burke went on to tell France 2 that the Catholic Church is facing “a difficult time” that is “painful” and “worrisome.” (Source)
Yours truly is holding his cards close to his chest concerning Pope Francis. I am waiting to see how the Synod shakes out before making any declarations. I’m waiting for the Holy Spirit to intervene in a dramatic way, and frankly I expect such an intervention to happen. Needless to say, however, I have very rarely disagreed with Cardinal Burke.
Anyhow, no one who is hip to the factions in the Church surrounding adultery, homosexuality, and all other things sexual think that we’re all just one big happy family. Clearly, that is not the case and Jesus never promised it, in any event. In fact, by all predictions, that’s really an anti-biblical position to take.
Burke’s comment which I have highlighted in red above is really a major torpedo in the battle to save marriage in the Catholic Church. And if common sense and reading comprehension weren’t enough for you, here comes Cardinal Wuerl (Burke’s long time opponent) right on cue with a salvo of his own. Yes, yes, I know, Wuerl did not mention Burke by name, but please, let us get serious, cut the naiveté, and stop pretending we don’t know what’s going on. Each cardinal represents opposite factions on the debate over distributing communion to open and unrepentant sinners. Their positions are quite well known.
Cardinal Wuerl’s comments are directed at “dissenters” with a not-so-subtle dig at Cardinal Burke’s blunt declaration of what he will do in the event that the Pope insists on going down that road. I must say that Cardinal Burke won’t be the only one resisting either. If, God forbid, that lying heretic Kasper gets his way, the Catholic Church will have a much bigger problem on its hands with “resistance” than it currently has with the SSPX. That much I can say with some certainty, but that’s not going to happen because the Holy Spirit is going to preserve the Church — even if stone tablets of Familiaris Consortio don’t come down from heaven and land on Bruno Forte’s head.
But I am getting off track. You’ll notice that Cardinal Wuerl’s comments in the article were all about playing up just how darn sad and bad dissenting from papal teaching really is. Just read the last part Cardinal Wuerl’s fatherly concern for us:
Hardly then should we expect that Pope Francis would be immune from what appears to be something that “comes with the territory.” One of the things I have learned though over all of these years since those early naïve days in 1961 is that on closer examination there is a common thread that runs through all of these dissenters. They disagree with the Pope because he does not agree with them and therefore follow their position. Dissent is perhaps something we will always have, lamentable as it is, but we will also always have Peter and his successor as the rock and touchstone of both our faith and our unity.”
Yes, friends, as you can see the worst-est thing we can do is disagree and dissent from the Pope or his “favourite” cardinals, like Cardinal Kasper. I have a couple of things to say to that:
1) Familiaris Consortio – This Apostolic Exhortation is as binding today as it ever was under SAINT John Paul II. In fact, what should happen at the Synod is that every bishop, including the Bishop of Rome, Cardinal Wuerl, and everyone else should step up to the podium and sign Familiaris Consortio and then go home. That’s it. That’s all.
However, the Church reaffirms her practice, which is based upon Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried. They are unable to be admitted thereto from the fact that their state and condition of life objectively contradict that union of love between Christ and the Church which is signified and effected by the Eucharist. Besides this, there is another special pastoral reason: if these people were admitted to the Eucharist, the faithful would be led into error and confusion regarding the Church’s teaching about the indissolubility of marriage. (FC, 84)
No more debate and no more being held hostage to the big money, narcissism, and racism of the corrupt Cardinals of the German church, either. So, clearly, who is dissenting from whom here? Familiaris Consortio is upholding Catholic teaching as it always has been understood on the issue of divorce and “remarried” persons. No one can claim this is some obscure letter written hundreds of years ago whose underlying conditions are no longer valid. That kind of excuse will simply not hold any holy water whatsoever. So, if there is going to be any dissent, the dissent is going to be on Cardinal Wuerl’s head, not ours.
2) Cardinal Wuerl’s Short Memory – Cardinal Wuerl is well known for “departing” from the pastoral practice insisted on by Pope Benedict and Saint Pope John Paul II regarding communion for pro-abort politicians. It’s one thing to have a disagreement with Pope Benedict or Saint John Paul II who both upheld the perennial Catholic teaching on this subject, suffice it to say. That’s sad enough, if you ask me. But what’s worse is to mount your white stud and come to the rescue of the papacy against those awful “dissenters”, when you, yourself, have taken some serious liberties with departing from papal directives in your own right. Those who live in glass houses, as the saying goes, should not throw the hypocrite’s stone.