A True Prince Of The Church: Cardinal Burke’s Rorate Caeli Interview

The interview is here,  and it goes to show that when they have to choose between Rorate Caeli and a very questionable clerical blog I will not mention here (ends with “ix”), good people like Cardinal Burke have no hesitation. By the by, this interview confirms how seriously Rorate is now taken as a source of journalistic information. Just saying.

Reading the interview, some aspects immediately come to mind:

1) There is in Cardinal Burke a quiet humility, a meekness (in the good way), but at the same time a strenght that is completely absent in the vapid blabbering of most prelates of today. You read Burke and you know that Christ is front and centre; you read Francis and you know who is.

2) For, I think, the third time the Cardinal repeats that if Francis were to pull the rabbit of the “separation of discipline from doctrine” from his hat, there would be resistance. Make no mistake: resistance here means condemnation. But Francis will not do it, we are assured. Not that he wouldn’t want, of course…

3) Burke does not blabber around in any of the very controversial topics very directly presented to him. Whether Volpi and FFI or TLM or the obvious confusion now spread by the Unholy Father, you do not see Burke trying to minimise of justify. What is very grave is very grave. Communion for adulterers will always be unacceptable and a betrayal of Christ. No amount of fluff will ever change a iota in that.

4) Burke clearly censors the despicable behaviour of Father Rosica in the Vox Cantoris matter. Very good, because TMAHICH* doesn’t.

This is the man more or less exiled by Francis (exiled, so to speak, whilst remaining in Rome) ; whilst the Rosica, Baldisseri, and Cupich of the world ascend, talk nonsense or worse, and think they own the world.

This, too, shall end.


* The Most Astonishing Hypocrite In Church History.


Posted on March 2, 2015, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Yes. What’s truly inspiring is that Cardinal Burke is always calm, charitable, yet firm. It is that firmness that inspires. He’s saying in effect: yes, worry, but be firm in the Faith, learn your Faith, then be at peace. It is possible to have peace in Christ, even on the battlefield. Cardinal Burke personifies that.

  2. Cardinal Burke is one of the few bright lights that we have left. All he has yet to do is come out full force, to the point where there can be NO doubt as to what he stands for, against Vatican 2. When that happens….when a prominent member of the Church finally takes that last leap….then I believe things may start to turn. I hope I live to see it.

    • I doubt he is so opposed to V II in principle. He probably prefers to see it as an imperfect tool, rather than a wrecking ball.

  3. http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/2015/03/for-san-diego-francis-looks-left-sf-aux.html

    The Pope has appointed an outspoken proponents of Communion for abortionists as bishop of San Diego.


    McElroy is pro-sacrilege, like Wuerl, Chaput, Dolan, O’Malley, Cupich, DiNardo, and 97% of American bishops.

    Note how Denial of Communion is repeatedly called a “sanction,” which it is NOT. Note how all his arguments are consequentialist: Denial of Communion will harm the Democrats. Denial of Communion will harm the “Seamless Garment.” Denial of Communion will make the Left (where bishops [important ones, that is] live and move and have their being) unhappy, etc.

    Burke’s article on this subject:


  4. Thank you, Vincent Fitzpatrick, for the link to Cardinal Burke’s teaching on this matter. From what I gather, Poor Francis, Cardinals and Bishops who promote Holy Communion for public sinners, and who actually distribute It to them, are in objective mortal sin and should not receive Holy Communion themselves. Frightening how far down towards hell they have attempted to draw the unaware in two short years. Our Lady has spoken on this apostasy many times. So Poor Francis notwithstanding, there is no surprise here.

  5. Having accepted his exile without a fight, the good cardinal’s epilogue will be little more than so much pavement pizza under the Revolutionary March. History proves…

    • I can’t see what else he could or should have done. It was also very smart and very saintly, because it makes clear that he is not concerned in personal power or advancement.

    • Point taken, maybe he is fighting in as he’s able. Only it brought to mind what happened to *almost all* the truly good prelates circa 1970.
      Nevertheless most of the range between promotion and exile offers precious little by way of advancement.

    • I think this particular one is playing his cards extremely well; inter alia, refusing to make of the matter a controversy about him.

  6. Mundabor,
    if he keeps up the good work, Cardinal Burke has a chance to become the new Archbishop Lefebvre of this generation. Many prelates more or less supported him behind the scenes after the conciliar revolution, but very few dared to speak openly. As a result, in the end, the modernist hierarchy succeeded in marginalizing (and even “excommunicating”) the Archbishop. Burke might suffer the same fate at some point.

    After the current punishment is over and Catholic order fully restored (which might take a few centuries), Lefebvre and Burke will probably be canonized.

    Santo subito!

    P.S. The only problem is that Cardinal Burke, while being very firm on Catholic liturgy and doctrine does not appear to recognize the true source of the problem, that is the modernist attack on the Church executed by Vatican II.

    • I agree.
      He goes further than Ratzinger, but does not arrive at the real source of the mess.
      The only lasting solution is the extermination of V II.

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