Cardinal Burke speaks of “heresy” and a how a pope would places himself in “schism”

Cardinal Burke speaks of “heresy” and a how a pope would places himself in “schism”

Posted by Vox Cantoris at Thursday, December 22, 2016

In a carefully worded and very precise series of statements to Catholic World Report, Raymond Cardinal Burke has outlined, hypothetically, what would happen should a pope teach heresy.

He refers to the last time such a situation occurred was under John XXII in the thirteenth century and backs up with scripture, the right of a bishop or cardinal to correct a pope, citing Paul’s rebuke of Peter in Galatians:

CWR: Bishop Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C., the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana, Kazakhstan and titular bishop of Celerina, who has written an open letter of support for the four cardinals and their dubia, has also said that the Church is in a de facto schism. Do you agree with that?

Cardinal Burke: There is a very serious division in the Church which has to be mended because it has to do with, as I said before, fundamental dogmatic and moral teaching. And if it’s not clarified soon, it could develop into a formal schism.

CWR: Some people are saying that the pope could separate himself from communion with the Church. Can the pope legitimately be declared in schism or heresy?

Cardinal Burke: If a Pope would formally profess heresy he would cease, by that act, to be the Pope. It’s automatic. And so, that could happen.

CWR: That could happen.

Burke: Yes.

One could expect a new barrage of assaults from the minions surrounding Pope Francis. Let us keep Cardinal Burke and all faithful prelates in our prayers.

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One comment on “Cardinal Burke speaks of “heresy” and a how a pope would places himself in “schism”

  1. They will claim that the issue over whether the divorced and remarried may receive Holy Communion (without repenting for and abstaining from adultery) is not an article of faith. That presenting an ambiguous position on a disputed logical point of moral and sacramental theology (which is not an article of faith) is not in itself heresy. It’s a weak argument which holds to a “rigid” definition of formal heresy, while denouncing “rigid” positions on marriages and divorce. It also ignores the fact that Christ himself condemned divorce and remarriage or, worse, invokes modern biblical criticism of the Rudy Bultmann school to dismiss this as relevant.

    Merry Christmas to Everyone!
    Try as they might, the anti-Christmas cabals can’t prevent Christmas from coming.
    Taking a Christmas break now from the debates. Pray for the Church, for vocations, for Catholic schools, and for the Church Suffering.

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