Vatican Archbishop: Kennedy Funeral Critics Not Hurting Unity but Helping Church

The Lord will not let what passed in Boston go without a fight. 

Archbishop Raymond Burke – arguably the strongest ally to the pro-life movement in the Catholic Church today with the exception of the Holy Father – has come out swinging to denounce the fraud that went on during the Kennedy funeral, and more particularly to provide strong words of encouragement to its critics.

Needless to say, his tough talk more than vindicates those of us who have been blowing the whistle on the prostitution and hypocrisy of the Catholic hierarchy who went along with this sham spectacle. Pay particular attention to the Archbishop’s words which I have highlighted in red. 

WASHINGTON, September 29, 2009 ( – Archbishop Raymond Burke, head of the highest Vatican court, the Apostolic Signatura, has offered a public defense of those pro-life leaders who spoke out against the scandal of the grandiose funeral of Senator Ted Kennedy. “One of the ironies of the present situation is that the person who experiences scandal at the gravely sinful public actions of a fellow Catholic is accused of a lack of charity and of causing division within the unity of the Church,” wrote Archbishop Burke.

In addition to this news service, public statements lamenting the scandal of the funeral – which according to some prominent leaders seemed almost a canonization – came from leaders of Human Life International, American Life League, C-Fam, Catholic World News, EWTN, Inside Catholic, Catholic Culture and many more.

While he was not mentioned by Archbishop Burke, the most public of the harsh criticisms came from a U.S.-born priest who is now living and operating in Canada as the head of Salt and Light Television network.  Fr. Rosica’s remarks were emblematic of other criticisms and his status as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications gave his remarks weight.

After pro-life leaders had expressed their scandal at the funeral, Fr. Thomas Rosica wrote: “Leading up to the Kennedy funeral last weekend, and in its aftermath, many so-called lovers of life and activists in the pro-life movement, as well as well-known colleagues in Catholic television broadcasting and media in North America, have revealed themselves to be not agents of life, but of division, destruction, hatred, vitriol, judgment and violence.”

Burke however sees the matter quite differently. “In a society whose thinking is governed by the ‘tyranny of relativism’ and in which political correctness and human respect are the ultimate criteria of what is to be done and what is to be avoided, the notion of leading someone into moral error makes little sense,” he said. “What causes wonderment in such a society is the fact that someone fails to observe political correctness and, thereby, seems to be disruptive of the so-called peace of society. Lying or failing to tell the truth, however, is never a sign of charity.”

Archbishop Burke goes so far as to suggest that “The person who experiences scandal at public actions of Catholics, which are gravely contrary to the moral law, not only does not destroy unity but invites the Church to repair what is clearly a serious breach in Her life.”

He added: “Were he not to experience scandal at the public support of attacks on human life and the family, his conscience would be uninformed or dulled about the most sacred realities.”

Archbishop Burke also sees the hand of the devil at work in the Kennedy affair.  “One sees the hand of the Father of Lies at work in the disregard for the situation of scandal or in the ridicule and even censure of those who experience scandal,” he said.

Burke’s comments come in an article published September 26 in Crisis Magazine, which is an adapted version of remarks he made at an Inside Catholic event on September 18.

A dividing line is being drawn, folks, with the goats and the sheep assembling. Make sure you review your basic Catechism on what it means to be a Catholic and who you should follow.

I tell you most solemnly:  you will be referring to it before your life on this earth is finished. 

There are two teachers in the Church today.  Ones that actually abide by the Catechism, the Liturgical norms, Canon Law, and basic morality.  And the ones who wing it, who ignore it, who accomodate spiritual prostitution, and who bristle when anyone dares to question or criticize them. 

You know, in Jesus’s day, the Pharisees and the Scribes considered Christ rather self-righteous too, but the truth is that only one side was really self-righteous because they blinded themselves to the truth.


2 thoughts on “Vatican Archbishop: Kennedy Funeral Critics Not Hurting Unity but Helping Church

  1. Father Tom Rosica’s vitriol towards pro-lifers is unacceptable coming from a man of the cloth. By spewing venom against those he disagrees with shows the sorry state of the Church indeed.

    Dissent is an absolute; it was used effectively by William Wilberforce, Mohandas Ghandi, Martin Luther, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and many others to effect great change in unacceptable social practises of the day.

    Father Tom and other critics should take note.

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