The Great Embarrassment




Cardinal Burke has given a longish interview to EWTN, and it was probably unavoidable for him to take a stance about at least some of the antics of Pope Diano, the Prince of (Bleeding) Hearts.

Burke has not minced words: to the invitation of Francis not to be “obsessed” with trivia like a yearly multiple Holocaust of unborn children, or sinsthat to Heaven for vengeance becoming tolerated and celebrated, Burke opposed his very candid view: we can “never talk enough” about abortion, and nothing is “more essential” than the natural law (here obviously it is also about sodomy).

Mind, though, he is not saying anything special. Every properly instructed teenager could say the same without effort. The shocking fact here is not that a Cardinal should state the obvious, but that the obvious is in blatant contradiction to the statement the Prince of Hearts keeps making without any regard for Catholicism or decency. I really, really fear we will one day reach the point where the Pope goes around saying unconscionable things and no one is scandalised because hey, that’s what he is and he is the Pope, right?

This time, Burke’s word were so simple but so clearly in opposition to Francis’ relentless search for popularity that an additional statement was sought from the Vatican. The answer was shocking and at the same time illuminating: the Pope thinks the same way as Cardinal Burke, we are told; it is only that the Holy Father is at times “not altogether easy to interpret”. Which is rather rich considering we are talking of a man who hasmade of “simplicity” his banner, but apparently can’t make himself clear in a simple way about the very basics. Which, by the way, isn’t true: whilst Francis is always unsophisticated in his way of expressing himself, his heresies and other antics have been very clear. When one states that, say, the biggest problem on earth is youth unemployment and the second the loneliness of old people there is nothing to “interpret”: the problem is in the mind that speak, not in the mouth that talks.

When I read the “not altogether easy to interpret” phrase I almost spilled my morning coffee on the keyboard, as the comedic value of such a statement is high indeed.

Look, this is a man who throws away carefully written speeches and homilies, written for him from people who understand Catholicism, whenever he feels like reinventing the wheel: should he at least not bear responsibility for what he says? Nor can it be said (anymore) that Francis was misunderstood, and notice that by saying that Francis is not easy to interpret the same Vatican sources are giving up and admitting it’s not possible anymore to simply blame the Press. No, the problem is – say Vatican sources – Francis himself. He just can’t make himself understood, poor man. I bet St. Francis never had the problem.

We have come to such a point of ridicule that not even the official defenders of Pope Diano feel they can do more for him. One does not see how they could, either: simple truths here, Francis’ rambling there, and an ETWN journalist calling you and asking which is which. What is a poor man to do? Eh, ah, oh, erm, he is not altogether easy to interpret, you know…

The ugly truth is that the Emperor is not only naked, but goes around blaspheming and saying obscenities of various kind. At last, Vatican sources have had to admit his dressing style is unconventional, or his language a tad challenging.

One would hope a Bishop of Rome who has made himself indefensible in such a way would start to get the message and at least stay very near to the script whenever a journalist’s pen or microphone (or camera) is near. But then again the problem is not in how Francis talks, is in how he thinks: in his heretical mind, namely, and love of popularity.

They try to sell us that Fancis is not easy to interpret. Actually, he is. The only thing one must do is listen to him and register what he says rather than what he should have said.

I have a very special wish for Santa Claus this year. In case you ask, it’s not a light blue convertible.


Posted on December 16, 2013, in Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Thank you very much for having the courage to say what so many are thinking but cannot express for several reasons (fear of persecution, losing their job, blindness to the truth or just plain denial). I also commend Cardinal Burke for daring to speak his mind. I enjoy very much the clarity of your writing and your zeal to speak the truth at all times; totally the opposite of what I hear coming from His Humbleness @ the SedeVacantican nowadays.

  2. Card Burke is dismissed from Congregation for Bishops and Card Wuerl and Archbishop Nichols appointed per Rorate Caeli. What a mess.

  3. The lonliness of a good many Catholic old folk might be better to bear if every value, doctrine and dogma they have faithfully held was not thrown on the altar of political correctness by our terminally ” nice ” Pontiff for a photo shoot in Time or an accolade from The New York times.
    We hunger for the Mass and devotions of our youth and are served Protestant prayers,handclapping, tambourines and the like. Vatican II tries in vain to do what The Salvation Army, God bless them has done better for 100 years.

  4. M. Neither am I. If you read carefully, I made up the word SedeVacantican (Is not Sedevacante the period between the departure of a pope and the election of the next through the Conclave?) just to describe how it feels like there is not a real Pope at the Vatican nowadays that our current “pope” is seating on the chair that our beloved Benedict XVI should still be seating on. Perhaps I should have used a different word…

    • I am sensitive to the issue, you see. I often receive comments from people who then turn out to be Sedevacantists of try to push a Sedevacantist agenda on the sly. Hence the remark.


  5. I expect that C. Burke will be dismissed from the Signitura as well. After all, he is “too traditional” which is to say he is a totally faithful Catholic. Maybe on the lines of a St. John Fisher?

    • The changes tell somethign about the future bishops to be appointed. “Quisling” Nichols will provide us with unfaithful little Quislings like him, for sure. Piacenza out.

      I do not know what will happen with the signatura apostolica. I think Burke is wise to have the luggage ready.



  6. I find this is interesting:

    From St. Faustina’s Diary – December 17, 1936. “I have offered this day for priests. I have suffered more today than ever before, both interiorly and exteriorly. I did not know it was possible to suffer so much in one day. I tried to make a Holy Hour, in the course of which my spirit had a taste of the bitterness of the Garden of Gethsemane. I am fighting alone, supported by His arm, against all the difficulties that face me like unassailable walls. But I trust in the power of His name and I fear nothing.”

    Who was born on December 17, 1936? Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis.

  7. @Lepanto: I read that too, on Rorate. Not too surprising.

    I wonder how long it’ll take before the Pope replaces Burke in his present important position as the Cardinal Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. I don’t imagine the Pope sees eye to eye with Burke on most things Catholic.

    • My fear is that Burke has to stoop very low to be eye to eye with Bergoglio. This causes communications problems.
      I am sure Bergoglio goes on famously with Ricca, though.


  8. Well, according to the people on my facebook feed, this news is ‘exciting’ and should be looked at as the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Where does this idea come from, that the Holy Spirit guides every bureaucratic decision of the Pope? Ever since Pope Francis I’ve seen this alarming trend of canonizing him before he is dead and that includes every single decision and word that comes out of his mouth.

    • Yes, it’s clear some people are very, very close buddies with “Spirit”. Generally they are those most at variance with Catholicism.
      Mmmhhh… Food for thoughts…


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