by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  April 20, 2018

Cdl. Burke: Politicization of the Church causes polarization in the Church

The United States’ motto, “From Many, One,” is the title chosen for the [neo-Modernist] June conference at Georgetown University, which is billed as the conference to end polarization in the Church. The political title bespeaks of the very issue politicization which is causing division in Church.

In January, Cdl. Raymond Burke, former head of the Apostolic Signatura, identified this politicization by which Catholics think they have an inherent right to reject Church teaching or practice. Speaking of the current divisions amongst Catholics today, Cdl. Burke lamented the rising “politicization of Church life and of Church doctrine,” which “is easily done by the secular media but … also being aided and abetted, in the present time, by certain Church leaders and theologians and other commentators.”

Speaking to this revolution that’s touted by the likes of Chicago’s Cdl. Blase Cupich and others, Cdl. Burke added, “And so, to defend what the Church has constantly taught and practiced can never be seen as some kind of political action against the ‘other’ political movement, as it is called — the ‘Revolution’ in the Church — and can never be seen as being contrary to the papal office.”

Our Lord came to set men free with His truth. He knew, however, that men would unfortunately be divided over His teachings. In Matthew 10:34-36 He foretold this division:

Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s foes will be those of his own household.

Watch the panel discuss how polarization in the Church can be overcome in Friday’s Download—A False Peace.


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