Cardinal Burke slams FSSPX

Cardinal Burke slams FSSPX

[His Eminence is “more Catholic anti-SSPX than the Pope”]

A few months ago, a kind reader reported that Cardinal Raymond Burke, at the Sacred Liturgy Conference that was held in Medford, OR, in July, had publicly declared that the FSSPX is “in schism” while advising the faithful to neither attend their liturgies nor receive their sacraments.

If true, I understood that this would be important information to share for obvious reasons, but I decided that it was first necessary to obtain irrefutable confirmation as to what was actually said.

Today I received an audio recording of Cardinal Burke’s condemnation of the FSSPX as given during the Q&A Session that was held on July 15, 2017 at the above referenced Sacred Liturgy Conference.

Please listen for yourself as Cardinal Burke even goes so far as to suggest that the Society’s faithful stand in need of being “reconciled and returned to the Church.”

A transcript follows.

<<TRANSCRIPT>>

MODERATOR: Is it ever licit to attend and receive Communion at a Pius X liturgy? If there are there no other reverent Masses within reasonable distance. Can this fulfill the Sunday obligation?

[Archbishop Sample, who was also on the panel, defers to Cardinal Burke.]

CARDINAL BURKE: The, despite the various arguments surrounding the question, the fact of the matter is that the Priestly Society of St. Pius X is in schism since the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre ordained four bishops without the mandate of the Roman Pontiff.

And so it is not legitimate to attend Mass or to receive the sacraments in a church that’s under the direction of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X.

Having said that, we, part of the kind of general confusion in the Church has also entered into this question because the Holy Father has given the priests of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X faculties to celebrate validly marriages, licitly and validly. But there is no canonical explanation for it, and it is simply an anomaly.

And, also Pope Benedict XVI, before his abdication, he lifted the excommunication of the four bishops who were ordained without the papal mandate, but, he, they hadn’t, the requirement for having an  excommunication lifted is that a person has withdrawn from his contumacy and now desires to be fully reconciled with the Church but in fact that hasn’t happened, and so that’s another bit of an anomalous situation

They’re no longer excommunicated, but they’re also not in regular communion with the Catholic Church.

And so the whole thing is very complicated, but I would say to you that, I don’t think it’s a good sign to receive sacraments in the Priestly Society of St. Pius X because that’s not helping them to, first of all, the sacraments are not celebrated licitly. They’re valid, there’s no question about it if the priests are validly ordained, but it’s not a, it’s a countersign to the communion of the Church. Instead we should be encouraging the members of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X to be reconciled with the Church

In fact, I think that Fr. Saguto could confirm this, I know it was the case both in Lacrosse and in St. Louis where there were apostolates of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest for those desiring the rites of the Church according to the ancient usage, many, many people who had been going to the Priestly Society of St. Pius X were reconciled and returned to the Church.

And I say that if instead we simply go freely to those Masses [of the FSSPX] and so forth that are celebrated, what encouragement does that give to them to be reconciled with the Church?

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8 comments on “Cardinal Burke slams FSSPX

  1. With “friends” like him we hardly need enemies, His loyalty is obviously to the string of modernist popes thrust upon us since Vatican II. In a word he’s a traitor to the Tradition of Holu Mother Church.

  2. many, many people who had been going to the Priestly Society of St. Pius X were reconciled and returned to the Church.

    Is there some procedure, abjuration, or paperwork that accompanies this reconciliation? What is Cd. Burke talking about? Did he require some procedure in his diocese?

  3. “Holy Father has given the priests of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X faculties to celebrate validly marriages, licitly and validly. But there is no canonical explanation for it, and it is simply an anomaly.”
    Sure, it’s an anomaly. Its called being in an irregular status.
    “And, also Pope Benedict XVI, before his abdication, he lifted the excommunication of the four bishops who were ordained without the papal mandate, but, he, they hadn’t, the requirement for having an excommunication lifted is that a person has withdrawn from his contumacy and now desires to be fully reconciled with the Church but in fact that hasn’t happened, and so that’s another bit of an anomalous situation”.
    Here is a perfect example of Pope Francis’ talk of Pharisees of the Law. Who cling to the wording and details of things, and can’t grasp the spirit of the Law. I don’t think Pope Francis was referring to Traditionalists. He is referring to NeoConservatives like Burke

  4. The censure of excommunication latae sententiae was lifted, and the juridical consequences declared null, exactly because Bsp. Fellay et al. made it very clear that there never was “contumacy” and that there was never a need “to be fully reconciled with the Church”. The Vatican itself quoted a letter from the SSPX bishops as a reason for the decree. There is neither ambiguity nor anomaly at play. Since we know Burke is not stupid, one can only assume that his intent here is malicious. Very sad.

  5. The vipers have struck with the venom of heresy! Burke is a sellout and traitor to the real Catholic Church !

  6. I guess he forgot to give Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos the memo…

    sspx.org/en/news-events/news/card-hoyos-sspx-communion-no-schism

  7. [Church Militant regards His Eminence’s statement as confirming their prejudice against the SSPX]

    Cdl Burke: SSPX in Schism

    Highest-ranked prelate to make such a claim

    [An “anomaly” contrdicted by the actions of two higher-ranking prelates (i.e., popes), one of whom removed the excommunications, and the other of whom granted faculties not granted to schismatic clergy]

    by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. • ChurchMilitant • October 2, 2017

    MEDFORD, Ore. (ChurchMilitant.com) – The former head of the Vatican’s highest court is saying the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) is “in schism.”

    In newly released audio, Cdl. Raymond Burke, former head of the Apostolic Signatura, made the remarks at the Sacred Liturgy conference in Medford, Oregon in July. In answer to a question about attending liturgies offered by the priestly group, Burke said:

    [T]he fact of the matter is that the Priestly Society of St. Pius X is in schism since the late Abp. Marcel Lefebvre ordained four bishops without the mandate of the Roman Pontiff. And so it is not legitimate to attend Mass or to receive the sacraments in a church that’s under the direction of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X.

    Burke is thus far the highest-ranking prelate in the Church to state that the SSPX is in schism.

    Canon law differentiates between formal schism — which requires an official pronouncement from the Holy See on a party — and material schism — which manifests in a party’s words and actions, even though no official pronouncement by the Church has been made. It’s the latter to which Burke is referring.

    The 69-year-old cardinal acknowledged the confusion that has ensued since Pope Francis granted an indult to the SSPX to hear confessions and, more recently, to officiate at weddings (on condition that no diocesan priests are available and the local bishop approves). Both overtures were made for the benefit of the faithful, and formally changed nothing regarding the official status of the SSPX, whose priests remain suspended a divinis and are therefore forbidden to offer the other sacraments.

    “[T]here is no canonical explanation for it, and it is simply an anomaly,” Burke remarked on the recent indults. “They’re no longer excommunicated, but they’re also not in regular communion with the Catholic Church.”

    In Pope Benedict’s 2009 letter addressing the remission of the excommunications of the four founding bishops of the SSPX, he confirmed that “until the doctrinal questions are clarified, the Society has no canonical status in the Church, and its ministers — even though they have been freed of the ecclesiastical penalty — do not legitimately exercise any ministry in the Church.”

    In light of this status, which has not formally changed, Burke warned the faithful it was best to avoid SSPX liturgies.

    I don’t think it’s a good sign to receive sacraments in the Priestly Society of St. Pius X because that’s not helping them to, first of all, the sacraments are not celebrated licitly. They’re valid; there’s no question about it if the priests are validly ordained, but … it’s a countersign to the communion of the Church. Instead we should be encouraging the members of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X to be reconciled with the Church.

    Although the Holy See has been in talks on and off with the SSPX since the illicit 1988 consecrations, no agreement has ever been reached between the two parties. Questions of doctrine in the documents of Vatican II are often the sticking point preventing the priestly society from signing any agreement.

    SSPX Superior General Bp. Bernard Fellay was among the signatories of the Filial Correction submitted to the pope September 23 asking him to clarify seven points of alleged heresy in Amoris Laetitia, the apostolic exhortation on marriage and the family that has led to worldwide confusion and varying interpretations.

  8. French SSPX Fires Back With “Frontal Assault” On Cardinal Burke

    en.news
    10/3/17

    La Porte Latine, the official website of the French district of the SSPX, expressed astonishment by what it calls a “frontal assault” of Cardinal Raymond Burke against the SSPX.

    It became recently known that Burke styled the SSPX in July as schismatic. Now La Porte Latine concludes that it was “apparently wrong” to consider Burke as a friend. The article insinuates that Burke has decided to pussyfoot in connection with his nomination as a member of the Apostolic Signatura.

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