Cardinal Burke rebukes Notre Dame for honoring pro-abort Joe Biden

BREAKING: Cardinal Burke rebukes Notre Dame for honoring pro-abort Joe Biden

Lisa Bourne

Thomas McKenna’s full interview with Cardinal Burke.

PHILADELPHIA, April 7, 2016 ( ) – The University of Notre Dame’s decision to give Vice President Joe Biden their highest award is scandalous and undermines the Church’s teaching on life and marriage, Cardinal Raymond Burke said in an interview published today.

Speaking with Catholic Action for Faith and Family’s Thomas McKenna, Cardinal Burke said the invitation represents what Pope Saint John Paul II, in his apostolic exhortation on the laity, called “one of the greatest evils of our time” – that is, the tendency of Catholics to separate their faith from their daily living.

“And this is exactly what we have here,” Burke stated of Notre Dame’s choice to honor Biden. “So we have the impression, given to other Catholics and to the population in general, that one can believe one thing and act in a completely contrary way.”

The patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and former prefect of the Vatican’s highest court said the Catholic college’s public honoring of the pro-abortion and homosexual “marriage” vice-president would lead the faithful and others astray.

“The fact of the matter is that most people will simply conclude that the Catholic teaching with regard to the inviolable dignity of innocent and defenseless human life and the integrity of marriage as the faithful, indissoluble and procreative union of one man and one woman, is not very firm and that it can easily be violated,” the cardinal said.

“Therefore it is a great scandal within the Church, but it is also a great scandal within society in general which depends upon the Church to give a witness to the truth about human life and the family.”

Along with the release of the interview, Catholic Action for Faith and Family is urging supporters to send a word of support to Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop Kevin Rhoades.

In the interview, Cardinal Burke affirmed Rhoades’ response to the scandal. “Bishop Rhoades is simply exercising his responsibility as a teacher of the faith and as a bishop who has the care of a prominent Catholic university in his diocese,” Cardinal Burke told McKenna, “and what he says is absolutely true and most commendable.”

“I find it difficult to imagine that a Catholic university would assign its highest honor to any politician who favors abortion and who also advocates for the recognition of the sexual liaison of two people of the same sex as equal to marriage,” the cardinal continued. “It is even more difficult to imagine that the university would confer such an honor upon a Roman Catholic who supports these ant-life and anti-family policies and legislation.”

The cardinal expressed hope that Notre Dame would hear the voice of its shepherd, and right the gravely wrong decision.

Cardinal Burke recently called upon Catholics to storm heaven with a monthly Rosary and prayers at Mass for hope to combat the work of the evil and guidance out of the Church’s current confusion.

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3 comments on “Cardinal Burke rebukes Notre Dame for honoring pro-abort Joe Biden

  1. [Nonetheless, Notre Dame has not incurred the wrath of the Holy See, because various Vaticanistas continue to bloviate there; some recent examples:]

    1. Rev. Friedrich Bechina, undersecretary for the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education, speaks on Catholic higher education

    Rev. Friedrich Bechina, F.S.O., undersecretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education, gave the 2016 Keeley Vatican Lecture, titled “The Holy See’s Higher Education Policy from St. John Paul II to Pope Francis,” April 6 (Wednesday) in Visitation Hall of Remick Commons at the University of Notre Dame.

    Nanovic Institute’s Keeley Vatican Lecture given by Rev. Friedrich Bechina, F.S.O., undersecretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education Rev. Friedrich Bechina, F.S.O., delivers the Keeley Vatican Lecture.

    University President Fr. John Jenkins introduced Father Bechina, who said he hoped “to share with you some of the lessons I have learned” in his 15 years of service in the Holy See under the three popes.

    “The independence of the Holy See and its status as a sovereign entity gives us a set of privileges, or at least of freedoms to be active and present in the world of higher education,” Father Bechina said. “As such an entity, we have our own ministry of education, and as a minister of education I can speak in international gatherings on the same grounds and with the same status as my counterparts in other countries.”

    Jointly responsible for more than 2,500 Catholic institutions of higher education, Father Bechina said that the congregation “can speak for our own system but we can also put ourselves in the shoes of people in countries worldwide. Like the Church herself, we are both local and universal at the same time, and these institutions comprise a sort of educational empire of which we can and should be proud.”

    Father Bechina spoke of a shift in Catholic higher education’s discussion of academic freedom. “To be honest,” he said, “for most of the last century, many people who have served in my position would have seen academic freedom as kind of a threat and its invocation a kind of attack, but it is increasingly becoming our stronghold. Academic freedom must be associated with the free choice of faith. Nobody can be obliged to believe, because faith depends on a human act of trust, and the same is true for the discovery of truth.”

    A native of Vienna, Father Bechina served as an officer in the Austrian army and studied economics, philosophy and theology in Vienna and later at the Gregorian Pontifical University in Rome, from which he earned a doctoral degree in 1997 for his prize-winning doctoral thesis, “The Church as the Family of God.”

    After years serving in parishes in Austrian Diocese of Feldkirch, Father Bechina was appointed to the Congregation for Catholic Education, and in 2013 became its undersecretary. Father Bechina has since 2005 managed the congregation’s international activities in the area of higher education and represented the Holy See in relevant organizations and international initiatives.

    2. Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, addresses conference

    Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president (right), with panelists Most Rev. Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo (left) and Scott Appleby, Dean of the Keough School, before the inaugural conference “For the Planet and the Poor”

    Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, spoke on the keynote panel of the For the Planet and the Poor conference Monday evening (April 4) in the Jordan Auditorium of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

    The conference, organized by Notre Dame’s new Keough School of Global Affairs, has brought together thinkers from the worlds of development policy and practice, government, the Church and other religious bodies to discuss and reflect on the implications of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which were approved by world leaders last September.

    Bishop Sorondo said that the encyclical represented “a new approach, a new appreciation of the doctrine of the Church, regarding creation. All things are created by God and also oriented toward God, going to God.”

    Bishop Sorondo particularly cited the discussion in Laudato Si’ of the climate as a common good “belonging to all and meant for all,” and of climate change as a consequence of human activity and a threat to the poorest and most vulnerable humans. He said that “the motivation” of the encyclical is the Beatitudes, which will be “the protocol of the last judgment.”

    A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bishop Sorondo was ordained a priest in the Buenos Aires archdiocese in 1968 and a bishop in Rome in 2001. From 1976 to 1998 he taught the history of philosophy at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome before being appointed chancellor by Pope Saint John Paul II.

    “We can say that we now have a ‘magic moment,’” Bishop Sorondo said. “Because for the first time and perhaps the last time, the speech of the Church and the speech of the world as represented by the United Nations have some synergy, and for people who believe, for people like me, this comes from the Holy Spirit.”

  2. It is not that difficult to imagine when the hierarchy and the Holy Father continue to allow Notre Dame’s flamboyant liberal fruitcake president to represent himself as a Catholic priest with priestly faculties while engaging in grotesque outrages against the faith (and the unborn) by honoring deranged pro-abortion maniacs and anti-Catholic enemies of the faith with Notre Dame awards and honorary diplomas, as its faculty is loaded up with anti-Catholics and modernist apostates. Why is this allowed to go on and on?

  3. OK, I’m going to bite here, and will invite fraternal correction from others.

    I am not sure how much I can back folks like Cardinal Burke on this matter at this time. He doesn’t think Notre Dame has any business honoring Biden? OK, who does he think should be honored? Should Scalia have been honored, one who clearly declared he had no juridical problem with legal abortion and sodomite unions in the US, so long as it was enacted constitutionally by the states? That’s clearly against the Catholic faith. How about Joesph Ratzinger? Would Burke have approved of his being honored after that pope’s 50-year calls for separation of Church and State, and the recent declaring that doctrine has been evolving and we have had definitive breaks at Second Vatican? That’s against the Catholic faith as well.

    I’m fine with nobody being honored. But I am not going to sign on to prelates who want to shut down honors over only abortion and homosexuality while giving a wink and nod to those who are only a little better and have their own anti-Catholic foibles that they’re not being called to account on.

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