BUZZFEED… TAKES BURKE COMMENTS OUT OF CONTEXT!

All the usual ultra-traditionalist critics of Pope Francis and of Vatican II are jumping like a pack of hungry wolves over an article published yesterday on the BUZZFEED.com blog which allegedly quotes Cardinal Raymond Burke as saying that Pope Francis has done “harm to the Church” and implying that his ‘ouster’ from his position as the chief of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura was a punishment for his strong defense of Church Doctrines.  They imply that Pope Francis and the Synod on the Family are on the verge of making liberal CHANGES to the basic Doctrines of our Catholic Faith!

Here is what the article stated regarding the interview Friday of Cardinal Burke by Buzzfeed News…

A top cardinal told BuzzFeed News on Friday that the worldwide meeting of church leaders coming to a close in Rome seemed to have been designed to “weaken the church’s teaching and practice” with the apparent blessing of Pope Francis…

If Pope Francis had selected certain cardinals to steer the meeting to advance his personal views on matters like divorce and the treatment of LGBT people, Burke said, he would not be observing his mandate as the leader of the Catholic Church.

According to my understanding of the church’s teaching and discipline, no, it wouldn’t be correct,” Burke said, saying the pope had “done a lot of harm” by not stating “openly what his position is.” Burke said the Pope had given the impression that he endorses some of the most controversial parts of the Relatio, especially on questions of divorce, because of a German cardinal who gave an important speech suggesting a path to allowing people who had divorced and remarried to receive communion, Cardinal Walter Kasper, to open the synod’s discussion.

PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE PLACEMENT OF QUOTATION MARKS IN THE ABOVE EXCERPT!!!

MISQUOTE ! …

Buzzfeed quotes Cardinal Burke as saying that the Synod on the family was designed ahead of time with the ‘apparent blessings of Pope Francis’ to QUOTING CARDINAL BURKE…

“weaken the church’s teaching and practice”

This was what Cardinal Burke ACTUALLY STATED in the interview…

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EXACT QUOTE FROM TRANSCRIPT IN PROPER CONTEXT…

BFN: I know you don’t have a lot of time, so why don’t we just dive in. I’ve seen your comments suggesting that [the Extraordinary Synod on the Family] was being manipulated. Can you say a little bit more about that, and who is doing the manipulating?

CB: Since the presentation of Cardinal Kasper in February to the extraordinary consistory of cardinals, there’s been a consistent repetition of [Kasper’s] position that is trying to weaken the church’s teaching and practice with regard to the indissolubility of marriage. This has just been consistent, casting the synod — which was to be on the family, directed in a positive way on family life — suggesting that the main purpose of the synod would be to permit those who are in irregular unions to receive the sacraments of penance and holy communion, which is not possible. If someone is bound to a prior marriage which has not been declared null, and is living as husband or wife with someone else. That’s a public state of sin and therefore the person cannot receive holy communion or go to the sacrament of penance until the matter is resolved.

Cardinal Burke from this statement seems to be referring to a presentation made by his colleague Cardinal Kasper in February to the Extraordinary Consistory of Cardinals.  He is clearly NOT referring to any sort of plot by Pope Francis to alter Church Doctrine and in fact Cardinal Burke goes on in the interview to DEFEND Pope Francis…

CB: The pope has never said openly what his position is on the matter…

Burke went on…

…”and people CONJECTURE that because” Pope Francis PERMITTED Cardinal Kasper  to speak to the cardinals and to publish his presentation, that somehow that must mean that Pope Francis HIMSELF was behind the alleged plot to alter Church Teachings!

Burke did suggest that Our Holy Father should CLARIFY his position on the matter but he did NOT accuse Pope Francis of “harming the Church” by attempting to CHANGE ANY Doctrine or Dogma of our Catholic Faith.  In fact, Cardinal Burke stated clearly that this “wouldn’t be correct” according to “the Church’s teaching and discipline” and it would not be proper for the Pope to ever do such a thing…

The One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church is INDEFECTIBLE and Church Doctrines were set down in stone by Jesus and cannot be changed by any Pope or by any Church Synod!  Those who wish to promote sinful actions like homosexuality or abortion would love to JUSTIFY their illicit behaviors by making it appear that the Catholic Church is caving in to their position.  They would love to say that the definition of sin has somehow CHANGED or indeed that sin does not even EXIST at all anymore!  But this will NEVER HAPPEN and the Catholic Church cannot and will not EVER alter her basic Doctrines!

WHY ???

Because the Catholic Church is Indefectible and will prevail until the end of time under the wise leadership and guidance of the successors of the Apostles, our Bishops and Pope, who themselves are under the wise direction and spiritual protection of the Holy Spirit!

The gates of hell shall NEVER prevail against our One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church!

 And as for the reported decision by Pope Francis to make a personnel change concerning Cardinal Burke, it is not fair to state that Burke is being …

DEMOTED  from the church’s chief guardian of canon law to a minor post as patron to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.”

or to say that there is…

“Internal discontent… inside church leadership” concerning the Doctrines of our Faith.

Here is what Cardinal Burke himself had to say in the Buzzfeed interview concerning his new assignment…

CB:  “In the church as priests, we always have to be ready to accept whatever assignment we’re given. And so I trust that by accepting this assignment, I trust that God will bless me, and that’s what’s in the end most important. And even though I would have liked to have continued to work in the Apostolic Signatura, I’ll give myself to whatever is the new work that I’m assigned to.”

 This is an acknowledgement of OBEDIENCE to the Authority and Office of the Holy Father Pope Francis and it is the attitude that we all should take as Catholics, even if we may not always like the decisions of our Church leaders.  But our Pope and Bishops speak for God and for His Church and we as Faithful Catholics are duty bound to follow our shepherds whom Jesus appointed as our spiritual guides.  

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1 John 4:6

“We are of God. He that knoweth God, heareth us. He that is not of God, heareth us not. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”

 

This is the original Bussfeed article posted on Friday October 17, 2014…  http://www.buzzfeed.com/lesterfeder/conservative-cardinal-who-clashed-with-pope-francis-confirms#2lncbcf

This is the full transcript of the Interview of Cardinal Burke by Buzzfeed News…  http://www.buzzfeed.com/ellievhall/interview-with-cardinal-raymond-burke-the-full-transcript#2lncbcf

 

 

 

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