Cardinal Burke Deserves Our Support

Cardinal Burke Deserves Our Support


I started this blog more than ten years ago with two purposes: in my own small way to support Catholic tradition in doctrine and liturgy, and to defend Cardinal Burke (then-Archbishop of Saint Louis) from unjust attack. I write today with the same purposes.

Over the years, defending the Cardinal has been a labor of love for me. Of course His Eminence does not need my help. But I enjoy the effort all the same. Local heretics, the pro-sodomy lobby, Sheryl Crow, apostates in and out of the hierarchy, politicians—almost all of the critics, apart from some sedevacantists, have come from the “left”.

Today the friends of tradition themselves have started to turn on him. Why? Because the Dubia remain unanswered and, as far as the public knows, no fraternal correction (or better) has been given to Francis. Because Louie Verrechio reported His Eminence recently stated the SSPX is in schism. And because Cardinal Burke is now reappointed to serve at the Apostolic Signatura, and everyone understandably smells a rat.

I can’t speak to the statements Cardinal Burke made about the SSPX, their context, or his reasoning. The SSPX is not in schism as far as I can see, at the very least not since the lifting of the excommunications of the four bishops by Pope Benedict XVI. If the Cardinal really thinks so, I disagree, just as I disagreed with his insinuated public opinion that women no longer must cover their heads in church.

Does Francis want to squash his opposition? Check. Is he willing to use carrot and stick? Check. And I have written on the blog more than once BEGGING His Eminence to move quickly and decisively to end the confusion caused by Francis.

But here’s the thing: I think we should not be quick to impugn the motives, resolve, or character of this great man. Who has done more in the last two pontificates to lead, teach, defend, inspire, rally and fight against the evil in the Church, for the faith and the liturgy, for moral truths and the Natural Law than Cardinal Burke? Seriously, who? Easy: nobody. No one has the combined intelligence, clarity, influence and care for souls. Yes, there are a few other worthies—too few, of course. But Cardinal Burke has so far outdone them all.

And are people so quick to chalk him up as cowardly, or stupid, or duplicitous? Come on. He has been persecuted for the faith and has never capitulated. How about some loyalty? Or at least some perspective?

No, I don’t like that the Dubia linger, unanswered. I don’t like some of the recent comments.

No man is perfect, and only Christ and His Mother are incapable of ever letting us down. But I will believe in Cardinal Burke and give him the benefit of the doubt, out of gratitude and respect for all he has done, until loyalty to Christ demands otherwise.

I will wait and see.

If Raymond Cardinal Burke has not earned the benefit of the doubt, who in God’s name has?

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2 comments on “Cardinal Burke Deserves Our Support

  1. “If Raymond Cardinal Burke has not earned the benefit of the doubt, who in God’s name has?”

    Perhaps, Bishop Bernard Fellay has.

  2. I have only one question for Raymond Cardinal Burke: Were you then and are you now in favor of the Ottaviani Intervention?

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