Of Cardinals, Interviews, And Atomic Bombs.

Excellent interview to Cardinal Burke, translated on The Radical Catholic. The interview merits to be read in its entirety because of the many interesting views of the Cardinal concerning Liturgy, Vocation, Catechesis and much more. As always, this man proves a blessing for the Church. May he, one day, wear a Tiara, and I am sure he would, in this case, really wear one.

As so often, though, Cardinal Burke shows the symptoms of a well-spread disease: the V II bug.

The leitmotiv of the Cardinal is that everything was pretty fine before the Council, and the big problemS started after it. This is as if I would say that Hiroshima was very peaceful in that late morning of the 6 August 1945, but the atomic mushroom caused untold damage. I would, in this case, simply omit to mention that an atomic bomb was dropped, which alone caused that atomic mushroom.

The bomb thrown in the middle of the successful, solid, well-ordered Catholic world was the Second Vatican Council. That it was an atomic bomb all right, and of planetary dimension, is abundantly clear from the radioactive Catholicism now spread in such vast parts of the planet. The bomb of Vatican II was dropped. Everything that followed from it had to follow like the atomic mushroom followed the dropping of the Hiroshima bomb.

The Second Vatican Council wanted to make the Church fit for a “dialogue” with the world. In order to do so, it had to deprive Herself of those element which, because the most Catholic, made such a “dialogue” most difficult. There is no better example of atomic bomb thrown in the middle of Church life.

Yes, the Novus Ordo can still be very reverent. Yes, a small number of priests will be exemplarily orthodox. Yes, sound catechesis will still be more than possible. But still, when you throw an atomic bomb you must expect an atomic mushroom, and it does not make much sense to lament the fallout without mentioning the explosion.

The Church must be cleansed from the radioactivity caused by V II. We must deal with the cause of the problems we see everywhere around us. Only the elimination of the roots of the problem will put an end to the current troubles. Without the radical extirpation of V II there will be no serious repair of liturgy, quality of clergymen, or catechesis, because all these problems are the direct consequence of what V II was meant to be.

I think Cardinal Burke sees that, though he would not say it exactly with these words.

It would be good if this thinking were expressed clearly in interview, because Francis has led things to the point where the origin of the trouble must be recognised and dealt with without any sense of respect for… an atomic bomb with a timer thrown in the middle of the Church.




Posted on December 16, 2014, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. There’s a certain amount of soul-soothing that comes from hearing the thoughts of a man who lives the True Faith to the best of his ability, and wants to help all others do the same, despite the fact that it makes us yearn even more for a Hierarchy who likewise respects unchanging Truth.

    And you’re right -this didn’t begin in the 60’s when we started seeing the buildings torn apart. Pius X wrote “Pascendi ” about what he was hearing and seeing in 1907, and a decade later Our Sorrowful Mother came to Fatima reminding the world that war is a punishment for sin, and warning of worse things to come if she is was not heeded. She gave 3 little children a vision of Hell and the promise of Heaven, to impress us all with how serious the consequences are in eternity, and asked us to practice the Faith well, and say the Rosary each day. It’s rather amazing to realize we were all destined to live in a time that may well be the Biblical “filling up of the number of the martyrs.” Pray we all remain faithful till the end.

  2. I’m afraid I must agree with you yet again. He is miles ahead of most, but, sadly, he has been compromised by the nonsense of Vatican II. Nevertheless, I would much rather have him as Pope than the disgrace currently holding the office of Peter. Maybe in time he will see Vatican II and the Novus Ordo for what they really are. It might be inevitable if he keeps saying the TLM. In the meantime, I continue to pray for him.

  3. Of course, there was a war, started by Japan. A bloody, long ordeal that was mercifully ended by a couple of mushroom clouds. We may well end up seein mushroom clouds in the even bloodier, longer war against The Religion of Peace, but I digress.

    What would the analogy to the Church be leading up to the Vatican II explosion. It seems that the elements of the Church’s destruction were already well in place, and that the explosion simply blasted a hole in Her structure to allow for even more devastation. Far from ending a long and bloody conflict, it seems to have been more like a Putsch.

    • I am more nuanced on that.

      In my impression, the Church that elected John XXIII was sound, and the Cardinals did not elect him to make any kind of revolution. A parallel with the “team Bergoglio” cannot, I think, be made.

      But certainly, the every effective repression of heresy let a secret underworld develop (as it was, in a certain measure, unavoidable; it’s not North Korea), and this underworld discovered that the weakness of John XXIII and the whole “krutschev/kennedy/ain’t we all such capital guys” era could be exploited to their advantage. I am pretty sure John died without a clue, and thinking the Church so dominant that a bit of pastries distributed here and there couldn’t do any harm.

      As to Paul VI, I do not know. I think he wanted a change, but not the one he got. Paul VI was one of those people who are called “weak, incompetent, stupid” if they are CEOs, and “tormented, complex and not always decisive” if they are Popes.


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