Cardinal Burke to Michael Matt: “Amoris Not An Exercise of Magisterium” (Now what?)

Cardinal Burke to Michael Matt: “Amoris Not An Exercise of Magisterium” (Now what?)

Written by Michael Matt | Editor
12/16/17

In my interview of Raymond Cardinal Burke less than one year ago, I asked His Eminence to clarify what, exactly, is the level of authoritative weight of Pope Francis’s post-synodal exhortation, Amoris Laetitia.

Given that Pope Francis has, since that interview took place, attempted to make the Argentine bishops’ interpretation of AL ‘magisterial’–an interpretation that allows public adulterers to receive Holy Communion–Cardinal Burke’s reply to my question on January 9th of this year would seem to take on new relevancy.

It appears less than two minutes into this interview:

Now, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, made it very clear to the Catholic News Service on December 5 what the Pope is up to: “The fact that the pope requested that his letter and the interpretations of the Buenos Aires bishops be published in the AAS means that His Holiness has given these documents a particular qualification that elevates them to the level of being official teachings of the church. While the content of the pope’s letter itself does not contain teachings on faith and morals, it does point toward the interpretations of the Argentine bishops and confirms them as authentically reflecting his own mind. Thus together the two documents became the Holy Father’s authentic magisterium for the whole church.”

What Cardinal Burke rightly describes as lacking in any magisterial weight whatsoever—and, in fact, in dire need of clarification and correction— has by papal fiat been declared magisterial, and thus binding on us all. Francis made it clear that the Argentine bishops’ interpretation of AL allowing public adulterers to receive Holy Communion “explains precisely the meaning of Chapter VIII of ‘Amoris Laetitia.’ There are no other interpretations.”

I would imagine this outrageous overreach of papal authority on the Pope’s part would make it ominously clear to Cardinal Burke that the time has come to issue his public correction of Pope Francis’s erroneous teaching.

The moment, it would seem, has come. Cardinal Burke, please and in God’s Holy Name, we beg you to act now — before Pope Francis succeeds in tearing the Church in half completely. We fear that your silence now, in the face of this latest papal travesty, may suggest consent to the claim that Amoris Laetitia is magisterial, and thus prove more damaging than if you had never raised your voice at all.

We thank God for the courage you’ve shown in defending His Church thus far, and we pray he will continue to bless and protect you as you do what must now be done.

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2 comments on “Cardinal Burke to Michael Matt: “Amoris Not An Exercise of Magisterium” (Now what?)

  1. I’m sure sunny Nuovo Roma’s progressive mafia has its PR “hit men” already standing by…
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    ( Picture a guy in a wife beater T shirt making vats of spaghetti sauce, cigar stub dangling from the corner of his mouth, while the rest of La Famiglia plays cards on the kitchen table, somewhere in the bowels of the Motel 6, an oversized “holy card” portraying an apparition of Teilhard de Chardin and Martin Luther appearing to a youngish-looking Hans Kung tacked up, just above the table ).
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    If the cardinal ever does decide to take proper action, which I do not think completely impossible, the raging bug-eyed NeoKathlyk UberLeft will let loose with its own version of Hitlery’s TV ad/talking head Blitzkreig extravaganza from a year ago.

  2. “What Cardinal Burke rightly describes as lacking in any magisterial weight whatsoever—and, in fact, in dire need of clarification and correction— has by papal fiat been declared magisterial, and thus binding on us all. ”
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    NO!, and NO!.
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    IF Pope Francis is a real pope (as I *personally* believe he is), then an Apostolic Exhortation most certainly does have some magisterial weight. What? Did Francis NOT intend to teach anything by Amoralis Licentia?
    But if he did, and if he is actually pope, then AL is an authentic act of the magisterium, because Francis is an authentic pope.
    Yes, ‘act of the magisterium’ = ‘act of teaching of the Church authority’.
    But everyone knows that ‘act of teaching of the Church authority’ does NOT *always* = true.
    It’s necessarily true only when it’s infallible.
    Magisterial acts need to be qualified by their “theological note”, that is, by their degree of reliability.
    So ‘authentic magisterium’ does not necessarily = ‘true teaching’.
    All of us have had teachers who have been caught out in teaching an error.
    Because a particular teaching is not true, does that mean the teacher is not an authentic teacher?
    If that were so, NO ONE would be an authentic teacher, because NO ONE — not even the pope — is infallible *all* the time.
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    Magisterial acts are binding only insofar as they are true.
    It’s not just because a papal act is magisterial that it is binding.
    If that were the case, ALL papal teachings would be infallible.
    They are known as true only insofar as they conform to the requirements for infallibility as *dogmatically* defined at Vatican I, and stated in Denzinger 1839.
    To believe that ALL papal teachings are infallible is the heresy of hyperinfallibilism.
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    It’s amazing.
    We can understand that Cdl. Burke, who was trained in the New Church, would have some wrong ideas about the magisterium — or anything else.
    But even a stalwart, super sensible Trad like Michael Matt is tainted with hyperinfallibilism.
    IF THIS DOESN’T PROVE THE ALL-PERVASIVENESS OF THE *HERESY* OF HYPERINFALLIBILISM, I DON’T KNOW WHAT DOES.
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    If people don’t start getting educated to the fact the the popes have NEVER been divine oracles whose every word and deed must be considered infallible truth, we are screwed.
    For starters, read the Old Catholic Encyclopedia article “Infallibility”.
    www.newadvent.org/cathen/07790a.htm

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