Sunday, November 23, 2014

4 Things to Remember & Cardinal Burke

Four things for all of us (Popes, Bishops, Priests, folks in the pews, and folks who should be in the pews) to always remember before reading this great LifeSiteNews.com article on Cardinal Burke:

1)  Christ was unpopular.  He was crucified.  The New York Times, MSNBC, Time Magazine, and 60 Minutes would have hated and sought to destroy  Jesus Christ had they been around at the time of Christ's crucifixion.

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.   If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you."

2)  St. Augustine:   'Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.'

3)  Christ forgave the adultress, but then told her: Go and sin no more.

4)  Our Lady of Fatima:  More souls go to hell for sins of the flesh than for any other reason.



Cardinal Burke: Church teaching on sexuality must be clarified, and only Pope Francis can do it


In an interview with Ireland’s state broadcaster, RTE, one of the Catholic hierarchy’s most outspoken defenders of life and family and the Church’s sexual moral teachings again indicated Pope Francis needs to “clarify” that divorced and remarried Catholics, and active homosexuals, cannot be admitted to the sacraments.
As he did during the course of the contentious Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in Rome last month, Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke told RTE in a video interview, “I believe very strongly that – I’m not the pope, and I’m not in the business of telling him what to do – but in my judgment this needs to be clarified, and there’s only one person who can clarify it at this point.”
The possibility of the Church in any way accepting sexual immorality, whether in the form of divorce, “second marriages” or homosexual acts, he said, must be taken “off the table” for next year’s Synod in a definitive way that only the pope can accomplish.
The cardinal denied that this was an instance of “defying” the pope’s authority, saying that Pope Francis would agree that Church teaching is immutable. But he added that he cannot see how the Church’s teaching is being clarified by the Synod process of protracted discussion and debate. He said that he has heard from lay people that “there’s really just a growing confusion about what the Church really teaches, and we’re not coming to any clarity.
“And the impression now is given that this will now go out to the dioceses and they will express their opinions and the bishops will come and vote on this. But that isn’t the way Church doctrine is formulated. And that’s not the way Church discipline is formulated. The Church is not a democracy,” Burke said.
It is “not helpful that people have this idea now that we’re going to have this broad discussion” on these issues that will be brought to the next session of the Synod in 2015, and put them to a vote, “and somehow this will be the direction.”
“In the end, the Holy Father is the only one who can set the direction, and he will have to pronounce on the matter.”  

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Cardinal Burke: Church teaching on sexuality must be clarified, and only Pope Francis can do it





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