«Nel mondo di oggi c'è grande sete di Cristo e della libertà che Egli solo ci offre. Nelle case cattoliche e nella parrocchia i nostri fratelli devono trovare le fonti di acqua viva, le fonti di grazia divina, le fonti del Magistero della Chiesa e dei Sacramenti, specialmente, la Penitenza e la Sacra Eucaristia, che possono estinguere la sete spirituale di un mondo tristemente secolarizzato» (Cardinal Leo Raymond Burke, 26 Dicembre 2010)

mercoledì 18 ottobre 2017

Il cardinale Burke venera la reliquia della testa di San Tommaso Moro

On an unseasonably warm and sunny Sunday afternoon in October, Cardinal Raymond Burke visited the parish church of St. Dunstan’s in Canterbury, England, where he prayed at the resting place of St. Thomas More’s head — the only first class relic of the 16th century martyr.

“I was deeply moved to pray there, for all who are in similar situations as he was: jurists and members of government who have such a heavy responsibility for the common good which he understood could only be served by serving divine law,” the cardinal told the Register Oct. 15.
St. Thomas More was executed by beheading in 1535, after refusing to recognize King Henry VIII’s self-granted annulment from Catherine of Aragon, and his refusal to take an oath recognizing Henry as head of the Church of England. In a famous final statement, he said he died "the king's good servant and God's first."

Widely remembered as a man of tremendous integrity and heroic witness, More was beatified by Pope Leo XIII in 1886, and Pius XI canonized him on May 19, 1935. His feast day is June 22, and he is the patron saint of adopted children, lawyers, civil servants, politicians, and difficult marriages.

Following his death, More's decapitated body was buried in the chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London, in an unmarked grave. His head was put on a spike on London Bridge, after which it was to be thrown in to the River Thames. But his daughter, Margaret Roper, rescued it by bribing a guard, as recalled by historian E. E. Reynolds:

“The head would have been thrown into the river had not Margaret Roper, who had been watching carefully and waiting for the opportunity, bribed the executioner, whose office it was to remove the heads, and obtained possession of the sacred relic. There was no possibility of mistake, for she, with the help of others, had kept careful watch, and, moreover, there were signs so certain that anyone who had known him in life would have been able now to identify the head.”
Margaret then brought the relic down to her home in Canterbury, opposite St. Dunstan’s church. She requested that on her death, her father’s head be buried with her, in the same vault in the church. Since the Reformation, the church has belonged to the Church of England, and the relic remains interred. Only on very rare occasions has the vault been opened. The last time was in 1997 and local parishioners remember the vault having a “sweet aroma” and peaceful atmosphere. The relic, now quite heavily decayed, sits behind an iron grill.

Cardinal Burke spent just under an hour in the church, praying above the vault and visiting the small exhibit there. The church receives many pilgrims every year, particularly from the United States. The Roper chapel has three stained glass windows dedicated to the saint, two of which were donated with the help of Americans: author and Knight of the Holy Sepulcher, Alfred J. Blasco, and members of the church of St. Thomas More in Kansas City, M.O.
“Exceptionally Important” Witness

Speaking after his visit, Cardinal Burke underlined how “exceptionally important” St. Thomas More’s heroic witness is today in defense of marriage and the family.

“Basically, he died in defense of the truth about marriage, that it’s an indissoluble union and binds the marriage in lifelong fidelity to one another,” he said. “Sometimes it’s said ‘no, he died defending papal authority,’ but it was papal authority in the sense of the Pope’s obligation to defend the truth about marriage.”

“Thomas More, as a devout layman, understood that he, too, had a responsibility in all of this and exercised it to an heroic degree,” he added.

The American cardinal, who is patron of the Order of Malta, is himself battling to defend the Church's teaching on the indissolubility of marriage in the face of widespread threats inside and outside the Church to weaken it.

“In the Church now, even as then, people argue that many people want this, and not many bishops are speaking up to correct this confused idea about the indissolubility of marriage, and the Church has to change,” he said.

But St. Thomas More is a “sign to us” that the “Truth never changes,” Cardinal Burke continued, and that it “doesn’t matter how many people are in favor of a lie, it doesn’t make it the Truth. That is a tremendous witness for us, and should give us courage to seek the Truth about marriage and defend it.”
He added that when it comes to “non-negotiable principles, you simply can’t negotiate about something that’s false. That’s a betrayal of the Truth,” and St. Thomas More “understood that.

“When they told him so many of the king’s counselors, bishops, abbots and so forth were all in favor of this accommodation of the Truth, he said: ‘You may have these people supporting what you are doing, but I have the whole Tradition of the Church, all of the ecumenical councils and the constant teaching of the Church to defend me and I prefer to stay with our Lord and his authority handed down in the Church.’”
The cardinal stressed that the Church’s teaching has been “very clearly handed down,” and that there is “something inherently contradictory” when doctrine is “not clear.”

“We’ve always thought that confusion is the work of the devil and so we teach the Truth with all clarity, understanding people’s difficulties in living according to the Truth, but never compromising the Truth because that’s the only way anyone will find happiness in this life and in the life to come.”

The cardinal’s emphasis on the relevance of More’s heroic witness today echoes a prediction made by G.K. Chesterton. Writing in 1929, he wrote:

“Thomas More is more important at this moment than at any moment since his death, even perhaps the great moment of his dying; but he is not quite so important as he will be in about a hundred years’ time.”

Cardinal Burke said he was “deeply grateful” for the possibility to pray at the place of the head’s burial, and said he “sincerely” hopes that “somehow this relic could be more prominently displayed so that it could be a source of inspiration and also a grace for people to able to see the relic, and to pray before it and venerate it.”

The cardinal left this prayer of St. Thomas More at the church:

“Grant us, O Lord,
the royalty of inward happiness
and the serenity which comes
of living close to You.

Do You daily
renew in us
the sense of Joy,

so that by The Spirit
we may bear about us
the infection
of a good courage.”

Fonte: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/cardinal-burke-venerates-relic-of-the-head-of-st.-thomas-more

Card. Burke: "L'apostasia della fede del nostro tempo ci spaventa profondamente"

Durante una conferenza il Cardinale ha esortato i fedeli ad essere realistici circa i grandi mali che affliggono la Chiesa, ma anche avere la speranza per il trionfo finale del Sacro Cuore di Gesù. Ecco l'articolo in spagnolo...

La crisis en el mundo hace 100 años cuando Nuestra Señora apareció en Fátima continúa hoy y también ha infectado la vida de la Iglesia, dijo ayer el Cardenal Raymond Burke.
Dirigiéndose a una conferencia sobre Fátima en Inglaterra coincidiendo con el centenario de la última aparición, el Cardenal Burke dijo que los fieles deben ser realistas acerca de los grandes males que asolan al mundo y a la Iglesia, pero que también deben estar llenos de esperanza en la victoria del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús a través del Inmaculado Corazón de María.
«La realidad de la apostasía de la fe en nuestro tiempo nos asusta profundamente y con razón», afirmó. «Nuestro amor a Cristo y a  su cuerpo místico, la Iglesia, nos deja claro la gravedad del mal que busca robarnos nuestra salvación eterna en Cristo».
«Pero no dejemos lugar al desaliento», dijo. «Mejor recuerden que el Corazón Inmaculado de la Santísima Virgen María, asumido en la gloria, nunca deja de latir de amor por nosotros, los hijos que su hijo divino le entregó cuando moría en la cruz».
Uno de los cuatro cardenales que sometieron la dubia pidiéndo al Papa Francisco clarificaciones sobre Amoris Laetitia, el Cardenal Burke, dio el discurso principal para la conferencia «Fátima 100 años después: un llamado de María para toda la Iglesia» celebrada en la Abadía de Buckfast.
Su discurso trazó paralelos entre la confusión desenfrenada y el «retroceso» de la fe hoy en la Iglesia con respecto a tiempos pasados.

Estamos llamados al sacrificio

Burke pidió que los católicos que estén preparados -con la ayuda de la Virgen Madre de Dios- para aceptar cualquier sacrificio que se les pida para ser fieles soldados de Cristo. Esto significa tomar el camino de la oración, la penitencia y la reparaciónsegún lo enseñado por Nuestra Señora de Fátima.
Recurriendo en gran medida a la sabiduría y los escritos del Papa San Juan Pablo II, junto con otros padres de la Iglesia, el Cardenal Burke hablo sobre la apostasía de la fe, los «frutos venenosos del fracaso de los pastores de la Iglesia», la naturaleza del tercer secreto de Fátima, y también la necesidad urgente de consagrar a Rusia al corazón inmaculado de Nuestra Señora como ella solicitó.


Explicó en la conferencia que la apostasía se define como el abandono de la fe.
«La naturaleza fundamental de la apostasía es el alejamiento de la gracia divina, que primero había sido dada por Dios y recibida por el hombre», dijo el Cardenal Burke. «Como la apostasía es cometida por un hombre que ha recibido el don de la fe, ha conocido a Dios y su ley divina, es un pecado contra la religión, un acto de injusticia ante Dios».
La apostasía puede ser explícita o implícita en su naturaleza, explicó el cardenal.
Citó la Suma Teológica de Santo Tomás de Aquino para ilustrar cómo las palabras y los hechos exteriores dan testimonio de la fe interior, expresando la unidad inseparable entre la fe y la virtud.
«La fe en Dios necesariamente se expresa en el amor de Dios», dijo.
La apostasía se distingue de la herejía, explicó, que es el otro pecado grave contra la fe. Donde la apostasía es la total deserción de la fe católica, la herejía es la negación de uno u otro dogma de la fe. La herejía, dependiendo de la forma en que se abraza, puede llevar a la apostasía.


«El Papa San Pío X y su encíclica «E Supremi» de 1903 vienen a la mente, al considerar cómo la Iglesia tiene y continúa sufriendo «las persistentes doctrinas heréticas del Modernismo».
En el documento, San Pio discutió «el estado desastroso de la sociedad humana» en ese momento, llamando a la apostasía de Dios una «enfermedad terrible y profundamente arraigada» arrastrando a la sociedad a la destrucción.
«¿Cuánto más que nunca hoy el pontífice romano se enfrenta al desafío desalentador de una apostasía generalizada de Dios por la fe?»
Una posterior encíclica de Pío X, «Notre charge apostolique», se dirigió al movimiento político y religioso francés «Le Sillon» favorable a «una Iglesia del Mundo».
«Cuánto más que hoy los movimientos por un único gobierno del mundo -y ciertos movimientos incluso en la Iglesia- violan la ley moral y carecen de cualquier fundamento en el plan de Dios para nosotros», dijo.
El cardenal hacía referencia a la encíclica «Pascendi Domonici Gregis» de Pío X para mostrar cómo las doctrinas heréticas del modernismo fluyen desde «un racionalismo y sentimentalismo que aleja a las almas de la fe misma», y que «los partidarios del error» se encontraron dentro y fuera de la Iglesia, siendo laicos y sacerdotes.
El Cardenal Burke se lamentó de que «los fieles pueden ser engañados por las apariencias, el teatro atractivo y consignas llamativas, pero cuya sustancia es veneno para sus almas».

La batalla continúa hoy

«San Pío X mostró entonces cómo un divorcio de fe y la razón, inherente a un enfoque racionalista y sentimentalista, aleja al hombre de Dios», dijo. «El Papa Pío X identificó valerosamente una forma venenosa de pensar, que había estado plagando a la Iglesia durante algunos siglos, y que continúa plagando a la Iglesia en nuestro tiempo».
El cardenal habló de cómo la apostasía es una forma de «suicidio espiritual» y según Le dictionnaire de théologie catholique: «Este suicidio espiritual es después del odio de Dios, el más grave de los pecados, ya que separa total y definitivamente las facultadas del alma humana: la inteligencia y la voluntad, de la unión con Dios».
«Está claro que la apostasía, ya sea explícita o implícita, aleja a los corazones del Inmaculado Corazón de María», dijo el Cardenal Burke, «y también del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, la única fuente de nuestra salvación».
«En ese sentido, como lo pone de manifiesto el mensaje de Fátima, los pastores de la Iglesia que cooperan de alguna manera con la apostasía, también por su silencio, y tienen una pesada carga de responsabilidad».

Castigo espiritual

El tercer secreto de Fátima no se trata de una guerra nuclear o del fin del mundo, dijo, según el ex obispo de Leiria-Fátima Alberto Cosme do Amaral, quien en 1984 dijo que el secreto se refiere más bien a la fe católica misma, específicamente a su decadencia en Europa .
Está claro que solo la fe puede salvar al hombre de los castigos espirituales que trae la rebelión contra Dios, dijo, y el clero tiene una responsabilidad particular en este sentido.
«La enseñanza de la fe en su integridad y con coraje es el corazón del oficio de los pastores de la Iglesia, el pontífice romano, los obispos en comunión con la Sede de Pedro y sus principales compañeros de trabajo, los sacerdotes », continuó el Cardenal Burke. «Por esa razón, el tercer secreto está dirigido con particular fuerza a quienes ejercen el oficio pastoral en su iglesia».
Dijo además: «Su fracaso en enseñar la fe en la fidelidad a la doctrina y práctica constantes de la Iglesia, ya sea mediante declaraciones y acciones explícitas, o mediante un enfoque superficial, confuso o incluso mundano, o por medio de su silencio, pone en peligro mortalmente la vida espiritual de aquellos que debían cuidar espiritualmente».
Al describir el efecto generalizado de este fracaso para defender la fe, dijo: «Los frutos venenosos del fracaso de los pastores de la Iglesia se ven en la manera de adoración, de enseñanza y de la disciplina moral que no está de acuerdo con la ley divina».
El cardenal dijo que el llamamiento del Papa Juan Pablo para una nueva evangelización fue en respuesta a la constante propagación de un abandono de la fe y la práctica, y el Papa hizo este llamado a la evangelización señalando cuántas posiciones filosóficas enemigas a la fe y su práctica fueron influyendo en la vida misma de la Iglesia.
La conocida referencia de «cultura de muerte» del Papa Juan Pablo II también surgió de su análisis de la apostasía, señaló.
«Creemos que en nuestro tiempo hay apostasía en la práctica de los católicos que apoyan y promueven programas y leyes que son contrarias a la ley moral o que son silenciosos e inactivos respecto de ellos», dijo el Cardenal Burke. «Pensamos en la confusión y el error cada vez más difusos en la Iglesia sobre los fundamentos de la fe, sobre la Santa Eucaristía y el Santo Matrimonio y sobre las Sagradas Escrituras. Y sobre la vida moral, sobre los actos que siempre y en todas partes son malos, y sobre el justo castigo del pecado, incluida la condenación eterna por el alma que permanece impenitente del pecado grave».
Últimamente, sin embargo, esto puede ocurrir con impunidad.
«Y todo esto en muchos lugares no solo no está corregido por el claro anuncio de la constante enseñanza y práctica de la Iglesia, sino que es condonado e incluso promovido por aquellos que nuestro Señor encargó con el cuidado de las almas», dijo el Cardenal Burke a la conferencia. «No estamos hablando de preguntas teóricas, sino de una confusión y error que pone en peligro la salvación de las almas».

La Iglesia se necesita más que nunca

«En un momento en que el mundo nunca más ha necesitado el testimonio claro y valiente de la Iglesia, parece que no se conoce a sí misma. Los mensajes del Papa Juan Pablo II y la Virgen siguen siendo pertinentes ahora», dijo.
«La urgente necesidad de una nueva evangelización del mundo, posible gracias a una nueva evangelización previa de la Iglesia, nunca ha sido más urgente». «El mensaje de Nuestra Señora de Fátima nunca ha sido más oportuno».
Nuestra Señora enseña que la paz de Dios vendrá por dos medios, dijo el cardenal: la consagración de Rusia al Inmaculado Corazón de María y la práctica de la comunión de reparación el primer sábado del mes.
Con respecto a la consagración de Rusia, dijo que no duda de que fue la intención del Papa San Juan Pablo II llevar a cabo la consagración en 1984, y dijo que la Hermana Lucía había indicado que Nuestra Señora lo aceptó.
«Pero es evidente que la consagración no se llevó a cabo de la manera solicitada por Nuestra Señora», dijo el Cardenal Burke. «Reconociendo la necesidad de una conversión total del materialismo ateísta y el comunismo a Cristo, la llamada de Nuestra Señora de Fátima para consagrar a Rusia a su corazón inmaculado de acuerdo con su instrucción explícita sigue siendo urgente».

Nuestra Señora gana al final, pero debemos actuar

«Tenemos la seguridad de Nuestra Señora de que su corazón inmaculado triunfará», agregó, «que la verdad y el amor de su Hijo divino triunfarán, y estamos llamados a ser agentes de su triunfo por nuestra obediencia a su consejo maternal».
La descripción de la hermana Lucia del tercer secreto incluía al ángel al lado de Nuestra Señora, señalando a la tierra y gritando repetidamente por «Penitencia».
También describió el martirio de aquellos que siguen siendo fieles al Señor.
Para este Cardenal Burke dijo: «No dejemos de aceptar todo sufrimiento que proviene de nuestro fiel testimonio de Aquel que es el verdadero tesoro de nuestros corazones».

FONTE: http://infocatolica.com/?t=noticia&cod=30671

Il 20 Ottobre il Cardinal Burke a Indianapolis per celebrare Nostra Signora di Fatima

Venerdì 20 Ottobre il Cardinale Burke alle 5:30 di sera presso la saint Luke Church di Indianapolis  celebrerà la santa messa e guiderà una processione in onore di Nostra Signora di Fatima, per chiudere le celebrazioni parrocchiali per il centenario delle apparizioni di Fatima. Indirizzo: 7575 Holliday drive est, Indianapolis, 46260.

Public Mass with Cardinal Burke in Indianapolis Friday, October 20. He will celebrate Mass at 5:30PM at St. Luke Church followed by a procession with Our Lady of Fatima to close the Fatima centennial celebrations of the parish. All are welcome!

sabato 14 ottobre 2017

A Ravenna, il 28 ottobre, la S. Messa Pontificale sarà celebrata dal Cardinale Raymond Leo Burke

Nei giorni scorsi il CNSP ha annunciato il Pellegrinaggio Regionale dei Coetus Fidelium dell'Emilia-Romagna, che si terrà a Ravenna il prossimo 28 ottobre. La S. Messa Pontificale sarà celebrata da S. E. Rev.ma il Signor Cardinale Raymond Leo Burke alle h. 11 presso la Basilica di S. Apollinare in Classe.

lunedì 9 ottobre 2017

Per il card Burke non è legittimo partecipare alla Messa o ricevere i sacramenti in una chiesa sotto la giurisdizione dei Lefebvriani

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 among the highest-ranking prelates in the Church to state that the SSPX is in schism. Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has also said the SSPX is in schism, in comments made in 2013 to the Italian press:
The canonical excommunication of the bishops for their illegal ordinations was revoked, but a de facto sacramental excommunication remains for their schism; they put themselves out of communion with the Church.  After that we are not closing the door and never will, but we are inviting them to be reconciled. But they too must change their attitude, accept the conditions of the Catholic Church, and the Supreme Pontiff as the definitive criterion for membership.
Canon law differentiates between formal schism — which requires an official pronouncement from the Holy See — 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 Correctionsubmitted 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.


Christine Niles


martedì 3 ottobre 2017

Messa del cardinale Burke per i 100 anni esatti dal miracolo del sole di Fatima

Exactly 100 years after the “miracle of the sun” at Fatima, Cardinal Raymond Burke will offer Mass at a Marian conference celebrating the centennial of the messages of Our Lady to pray the rosary, do penance for sins, and consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart.
The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three peasant children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. “Russia will spread her errors throughout the world” if it’s not consecrated to her Immaculate Heart, she warned. (The Bolshevik Revolution occurred in November 1917.)
She implored the children to pray the rosary every day and to make reparations for sins.
“More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason,” Our Lady of Fatima told them.
Two of those children, Jacinta and Francesco, are now canonized. The canonization cause for the third, Sister Lucia, has been opened.
At the October 13, 1917, “miracle of the sun,” the “sun danced” and tens of thousands of onlookers were able to look directly at the sun. 
The conference at Buckfast Abbey is called Fatima 100 years Later: A Marian Call For The Whole Church.
Burke, known throughout the Catholic world for his steadfast defense of the pro-life cause and Catholic orthodoxy, will open the conference and offer Mass on the mornings of October 12 and 13. He is one of the four cardinals who signed the dubia to Pope Francis asking for moral clarity on Amoris Laetitia.
It was Sr. Lucia who wrote to one of the deceased dubia signers, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, that the “final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan will be about marriage and the family.”
Caffarra said abortion and homosexuality show that “what Sr. Lucia said in those days is being fulfilled in these days of ours.”
In May at the 2017 Rome Life Forum, Burke called for the full consecration of Russia. The topic has been a controversial one in Catholic circles for some time, as many believe Pope St. John Paul II’s consecration of the whole world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary didn’t fully fulfill Our Lady’s request.
“The theology, the history, and the spirituality of Fatima are all explored over the two days,” the conference’s website explains. It will feature talks from Professor Roberto de Mattei and Fr. Thomas Crean, OP, both signers of the filial correction to Pope Francis
On October 14, there will be a Solemn Mass in honor of Our Lady followed by Eucharistic Adoration and enrollment in the Brown Scapular and Miraculous Medal.
The conference’s website describes it as a “time for discussion, a time for listening, a time for reflection upon all that has occurred in the intervening century, but perhaps more than anything else it is a reminder of how relevant the message of Fatima is today.”
Tickets for the conference cost £15 per day, not including meals. The conference promises to care for attendee’s temporal and spiritual needs. There are no rooms left at the Buckfast Abbey, but their website directs people to a list of nearby accommodations.  

FONTE: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-burke-to-offer-mass-at-conference-exactly-100-years-after-major-fa

sabato 30 settembre 2017

Nessun dissidio tra il Papa e Burke. Il cardinale americano nominato membro della Segnatura Apostolica

Il Santo Padre Francesco ha stupito nuovamente alcuni suoi insolenti detrattori sul web e sulla carta stampata. Nella mattinata del 30 settembre ha, infatti, nominato  membro del Supremo Tribunale della Segnatura Apostolica l’ “Eminentissimo Cardinale” (così recita il comunicato pontificio) Raymond Leo Burke, uno dei firmatari dei famosi ‘Dubia”, delle richieste di chiarimenti rispettose poste al Successore di Pietro per chiarire alcuni passaggi dell’Esortazione Post Sinodale Amoris Letitiae. Gli altri cardinali nominati alla Segnatura Apostolica sono Agostino Vallini ed Edoardo Menichelli.
Il Papa ha annoverato tra i Membri del Supremo Tribunale della Segnatura Apostolica anche gli ccellentissimi Monsignori Frans Daneels e Johannes Willibrordus Maria Hendriks. Il Santo Padre ha nominato, inoltre, Vicario Giudiziale del Tribunale Ecclesiastico della Città del Vaticano il Rev.do Mons. Denis Baudot, del Clero dell’Arcidiocesi di Lyon, Officiale del Supremo Tribunale della Segnatura Apostolica.
Il cardinale Burke era stato prefetto del tribunale per sei anni, dopo essere stato nominato dal papa emerito Benedetto XVI, prima di essere rimosso nel 2014. La sua rimozione da Papa Francesco e il successivo incarico (in gran parte cerimoniale) come patrono cardinale dell’Ordine di Malta era stato visto, dai soliti complottisti, come una mossa insolita, portando molti a ipotizzare una rottura tra i due. Sia Papa Francesco che il Cardinale Burke hanno sempre sottolineato che una frattura tra i due era solo speculazione dei mass media.
In una recente intervista , il cardinale Burke ha descritto i rapporti mediatici di una divisione tra lui e il papa come una “caricatura”.

FONTE: http://www.lafedequotidiana.it/nessun-dissidio-papa-burke-cardinale-americano-nominato-membro-della-segnatura-apostolica/

mercoledì 27 settembre 2017

Il cardinal Burke a tutto campo su Papa, Dubia, Müller, santi e “media peccatori”

Sua Eminenza il cardinale Raymond Leo Burke ha rilasciato al giornalista Jordan Grantham di Catholic Outlook, un giornale australiano, una lunga intervista (VEDI QUI) affrontando vari argomenti. Di seguito un florilegio delle sue risposte.
Quello che i media sbagliano circa il Santo Padre è il considerarlo «l’agente di una qualche rivoluzione nella Chiesa», mentre è «il successore di San Pietro e non ha niente a che fare con le rivoluzioni. Infatti, ha a che fare con il mantenere la Chiesa in unione con la sua lunga e costante tradizione».
Alcuni media «vedono anche Papa Francesco come in qualche modo completamente distinto dalla tradizione secolare della Chiesa e dal suo insegnamento e dalla sua pratica», ma «questo non è possibile, perché il Romano Pontefice è questo principio di unità, unità che non è solo presente, ma unità con coloro che sono passati nei secoli. Infatti, i due sono uno. Quando siamo uniti con i santi e soprattutto con i grandi maestri della fede nei secoli, allora troviamo anche l’unità l’un con l’altro».
In merito a presunti conflitti tra il cardinale americano e il Papa, Burke risponde: «è tutta una montatura. Essi descrivono Papa Francesco come una persona meravigliosa e aperta e non c’è niente di sbagliato, ma mi rappresentano come il contrario. In realtà il Papa non è favorevole al loro ordine del giorno. Usano questa tecnica per far apparire come loro il Papa ma questo è fondamentalmente disonesto. Stanno facendo una caricatura di qualcuno che chiede chiarezza su determinate questioni, dicono “beh, è ​​il nemico del Papa” e stanno cercando di costruire opposizione al Papa, cosa che naturalmente non è così».
Alcuni, dice Burke, dicono che «io non sia pastorale, che sia solo interessato alla dottrina e alla legge. Credo che chiunque abbia avuto esperienza con me come prete o vescovo direbbe che sono molto pastorale e in effetti non vedo nessuna contraddizione tra l’essere pastorale e l’essere fedele nell’annunciare l’insegnamento della Chiesa e seguirne la sua legge».
Mi accusano «in qualche modo di essere una persona che non è in contatto con i tempi e che vive nel Medioevo e così via. Sono molto consapevole della cultura quotidiana in cui viviamo e cerco di affrontarla, ma in un modo pieno di compassione nel senso di che l’insegnamento della Chiesa va calato nella situazione culturale per cercare di condurre la cultura a una vera trasformazione, che è certamente necessaria, ad esempio in termini di rispetto della vita umana e rispetto dell’integrità della famiglia e rispetto della libertà religiosa. Questi sono solo tre esempi molto importanti di aspetti fondamentali della cultura contemporanea su cui la Chiesa offre la sua direzione».
«Ho sempre cercato di dare speranza e di condurre i fedeli a riflettere sulla verità e dire che Nostro Signore rimane sempre con noi nella Chiesa. È il nostro capo, sacerdote e guida, e quindi dobbiamo avere fiducia e condurre una vita cristiana. Se facciamo la volontà del Signore troveremo ciò che è realmente la nostra felicità e così faremo anche ciò che è meglio per il prossimo e per il nostro mondo. Questo è il tipo di messaggio che ho cercato di trasmettere».
«La mia speranza per la Chiesa e per il mondo è che ognuno conosca Gesù Cristo, lo ami e lo serva perché questo è il bene più grande del nostro mondo e di noi come individui».
«Non importa quale confusione o addirittura quali divisioni ci siano nella Chiesa, non dovremmo mai rinunciare alla speranza. Dobbiamo aggrapparci ancor più fedelmente a ciò che la Chiesa ha sempre insegnato e praticato. E in questo modo veramente salveremo le nostre anime, con l’aiuto della grazia di Dio. Se noi cattolici viviamo la nostra fede, il nostro rapporto con Nostro Signore Gesù Cristo con fedeltà, con chiarezza e con coraggio, saremo un lievito in tutto il mondo per la trasformazione della nostra cultura».
Nella Congregazione per i Santi studiamo «intensivamente le vite degli uomini e delle donne, laici fedeli, sacerdoti, vescovi, persone consacrate, che sono vissute nel corso dei secoli, soprattutto quelli di epoca più recente. Attraverso questo studio, vedo come il rapporto personale con Nostro Signore, attraverso i sacramenti, l’insegnamento della fede e la disciplina della vita, ha portato le persone a diventare eroi della fede e anche dell’umanità».
Mi ha colpito molto «il miracolo attribuito al Venerabile Fulton J. Sheen per la sua beatificazione. Il miracolo coinvolse un bambino che alla nascita era stato strangolato dal cordone ombelicale e non respirò per 61 minuti. Poi, attraverso l’intercessione del Ven. Fulton J. Sheen, il bambino, all’improvviso, cominciò a respirare e, miracolo nel miracolo, non c’era alcun danno al cervello, anche se il bambino non aveva respiro per circa 60 minuti. Attraverso l’invocazione dell’intercessione dei santi, Dio ha concesso grandi favori spirituali. Non molto tempo fa ho studiato la causa della canonizzazione di San José Sánchez del Río, giovane adolescente, che durante la guerra dei Cristeros in Messico, quando la Chiesa era stata così crudelmente perseguitata all’inizio del XX secolo, si rifiutò di negare la sua fede cattolica. Morì dicendo “Viva Cristo Rey!, Viva la Vergine di Guadalupe!”. Questa è una storia edificante anche per il nostro tempo».
Il cardinale Burke sente che «c’è molta confusione, a volte la gente non la trova la Chiesa come punto di riferimento sicuro. Alcuni sentono anche un certo sconvolgimento e cercano una presentazione molto più forte della dottrina della Chiesa. Certamente, come buoni cattolici amano il Papa, con completa obbedienza all’ufficio di Pietro. Al tempo stesso non accettano interpretazioni discutibili di  Amoris Laetitia, interpretazioni che in realtà contraddicono ciò che la Chiesa ha sempre insegnato e praticato. Non c’è chiarezza su queste questioni. Queste persone sono in uno stato molto difficile. È dimostrabile, è un dato di fatto che abbiamo conferenze di Vescovi che contraddicono l’un l’altro Amoris Laetitia, Vescovi che si contraddicono l’uno con l’altro; abbiamo fedeli che si contendono su questo o quell’altro aspetto; tanti sacerdoti soffrono in particolare perché i fedeli si rivolgono a loro aspettandosi alcune cose che ritengono adesso possibili, perché hanno ricevuto erronee interpretazioni di  Amoris Laetitia.  Di conseguenza, non comprendono più l’insegnamento della Chiesa. Nella Chiesa abbiamo solo una guida, il Magistero, l’insegnamento della Chiesa, ma ora sembriamo divisi in “campi politici”».
«I cosiddetti popoli liberali, che invocano la rivoluzione nella Chiesa, vogliono il dialogo finché tu concordi con loro. Nel momento in cui sollevi una domanda, diventano molto licenziosi, fanno attacchi personali, ciò che chiamiamo argomenti ad hominem, e così via. Questo non è veramente utile. Stiamo parlando di verità, stiamo parlando di fatti e non c’è posto per questi tipi di attacchi. È un modo molto mondano di avvicinarsi alle cose, non ha posto nella Chiesa. Anche la gente fa commenti disperati su altre persone, quando non sono d’accordo con loro. Io chiedo ‘Che cosa ho detto che non è vero?’. Penso che ci sia un solo modo per svolgere una conversazione su queste questioni e cioè offrire la dottrina della Chiesa. Questo è ciò che ci unifica».
«Io prego per i Cardinali o per le figure che mi attaccano».
«Celebro entrambe le forme della Messa e spesso in privato celebro la Forma Straordinaria».
«Sono rimasto completamente sconvolto dalla situazione dell’Ordine di Malta e rimango preoccupato di una vera riforma dell’Ordine, una riforma che rispetta la sua storia secolare e rispetta l’ispirazione che lo Spirito Santo ha dato al Beato Gerardo quando ha fondato l’Ordine per la Difesa della Fede e per la cura dei poveri. Questo scandalo che implica la distribuzione dei contraccettivi deve essere affrontato in modo efficace affinché l’Ordine non diventi semplicemente un’agenzia governativa ma rimanga un’agenzia di Cristo stesso. Quando le persone ricevono la carità dall’Ordine riconoscono innanzitutto che questo è proveniente da Nostro Signore stesso».
«Non ho nessuna informazione riguardante la decisione del Santo Padre di non rinnovare il cardinale Gerhard Ludwig Müller a prefetto della Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede. Certamente, il cardinale Müller è un professore di teologia rispettato, che ha pubblicato molti libri e articoli in varie lingue. A causa della sua eccezionale preparazione e della lunga esperienza di professore di teologia, era particolarmente adatto a dirigere la Congregazione».
La morte del Cardinale Joachim Meisner il 5 luglio e la morte del cardinale Carlo Caffarra («Amava Cristo e il suo corpo mistico, la Chiesa, con tutto il suo cuore. Per questo motivo ha sofferto profondamente dal fatto che la situazione attuale di confusione e di errore nella Chiesa ha portato al grave danno delle anime») il 6 settembre di quest’anno «significa che io e il cardinale Walter Brandmüller faremo il possibile per arrivare alla risoluzione dei dubia. Mentre siamo tristi di aver perso la collaborazione terrena di questi due grandi pastori e prelati, siamo certi che continueranno ad assisterci con le loro preghiere ispirate alla loro carità pastorale duratura. L’urgenza di una risposta ai dubia deriva dal danno fatto agli animi dalla confusione e dall’errore finché le questioni fondamentali sollevate non vengono risolte in accordo con l’insegnamento e la pratica costante della Chiesa. L’urgenza pesa molto sul mio cuore».
FONTE: http://www.lafedequotidiana.it/il-cardinal-burke-a-tutto-campo-su-papa-dubia-muller-santi-e-media-peccatori/

domenica 24 settembre 2017

Lunga intervista del cardinale Burke sul Catholic Outlook. Si parla di temi attuali affrontati dalla Chiesa

Sua Eminenza il cardinale  Raymond Leo Burke ha rilasciato al giornalista Jordan Grantham di Catholic Outlook, un giornale australiano,  una lunga intervista. Ecco il testo in lingua inglese.


Jordan Grantham:
Your Eminence, thank you for the privilege of this interview, what does the media misunderstand about the Holy Father?
+Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke:
I think one thing that they misunderstand is that he’s the agent of some revolution in the Church, but the successor of St Peter has nothing to do with revolutions. In fact, he has to do with maintaining the Church in unity with her long and constant tradition.
And they also see Pope Francis as somehow completely distinct from the centuries long tradition of the Church and Her teaching and practice and that isn’t possible either, because the Roman Pontiff is that principle of unity, unity which is not only present now, but unity with those who have gone before over the centuries. In fact, the two are one. When we are unified with the saints and especially with the great teachers of the faith along the centuries, then we also find unity with one another.
J: Do you think the representation of conflict between the two of you is overdone?
+R: Between Pope Francis and myself?
J: Yes.
+R: Yes, oh, I think so, quite so. It’s all a caricature. They depict Pope Francis as a wonderful, open person and there’s nothing wrong with that, but they depict me as just the opposite.
It’s meant in a certain way to advance their own agenda, but the Pope is actually not in favour of their agenda. They use this kind of technique to make it seem like he is and that’s fundamentally dishonest.
They’re making a caricature of someone who’s asking for clarity about certain matters, they’re saying ‘well, he’s the enemy of the Pope’ and he’s trying to build up opposition to the Pope, which of course isn’t the case at all.
J: Are there some important distortions about yourself that you’d like to correct?
+R: There are various depictions; that I’m not pastoral, that I’m only interested in doctrine and law. And I believe that anyone who has had any experience with me as a priest or Bishop would say that I am very pastoral and in fact, I don’t see any contradiction between being pastoral and being faithful in announcing the Church’s teaching and following the Church’s law.
Secondly, that somehow I’m a person who’s out of touch with the times and living in the Middle Ages and so forth. I’m very conscious of the everyday culture in which we live, and I try to address it, but in a way that is full of compassion in the sense of addressing the Church’s teaching to the cultural situation and trying to lead the culture to a certain transformation, which is certainly needed, for instance in terms of respect for human life and respect for the integrity of the family and respect for religious freedom. These are just three very important examples of fundamental aspects of contemporary culture about which the Church offers direction.
J: What are some messages or parts of your image that you would like the media to focus on?
+R: In my encounters with people, whether it be in person or through writing, or through speeches, I’ve always tried to give them hope and lead them to reflect on the truth that Our Lord always remains with us in the Church. He is our chief priest and guide, and therefore we should have confidence in leading a Christian life. We should have hope in Him.
It’s the confidence that, if we do the Lord’s will, we will find what’s really for our happiness and also that we will do what is best for our neighbour and for our world. That’s the kind of message I’ve tried to convey.
Recently, I’ve published a book-long interview with the French author Guillaume D’Alançon. In French, the book is entitled Cardinal at the Heart of the Church but in English they chose to give the title Hope for the World.
I was very pleased by that because that is fundamentally the message of the book, and, if you read the conclusion of the book, I express what my hopes are for the Church and for the world. Basically, it is that everyone will come to know Jesus Christ, to love Him and to serve Him because this is what is for the greatest good of our world and us as individuals. [1]
J: What message do you share with Catholics worried about the state of the Church?
+R: Simply that we can be confident that in the Church we are encountering Our Lord Jesus Christ as He wants to come to us, until the final day, until the end of time when we come together in glory, and that, therefore, no matter what confusion or even divisions enter into the Church, we should never give up hope.
We should cling all the more faithfully to what the Church has always taught and practiced. And that way we will really save our own souls, with the help of God’s grace, which, of course, we must always be about.
But, at the same time, we will truly serve the good of our brothers and sisters and the good of our world. If we as Catholics live our faith, our relationship with Our Lord Jesus Christ with fidelity, with clarity, and with courage, we will be a tremendous leaven in the whole world for the transformation of our culture.
J: Thank you very much Your Eminence, that’s the core of the Gospel isn’t it?
+R: Yes.
J: Does that relate to your work in the Congregation for the Saints?
+R: Well, of course, it does, because it involves the intensive study of the lives of men and women, lay faithful, priests, Bishops, consecrated persons, along the centuries, especially those of more recent time.
Through that study, I see how the personal relationship with Our Lord through the sacraments and the teaching of the faith and the discipline of life, has lead people to become heroes, heroes of the faith and also of humanity.
And there are so many who really do go about their relationship with Our Lord to a heroic degree in different settings and that’s a cause of great encouragement to me. So that definitely has to do with the message that I want to convey.
J: Are there some potential or recent Saints that have particularly inspired you in this work?
+R: One of the great cases that I worked on was the miracle attributed to the Venerable Fulton J. Sheen for his beatification. It was just so wonderful to read about the parents and then the friends and people in the hospital and so forth . . . the miracle involved a baby who, at birth, had been strangulated by the umbilical cord and didn’t breath for 61 minutes . . . and then through the intercession of the Ven. Fulton J. Sheen, the baby, all of a sudden, started breathing, and that in itself was a miracle. But the other miracle was that there was no brain damage even though the child hadn’t breathed for some 60 minutes. Normally speaking, there’d be tremendous handicaps.
That was very edifying for me and then to review the whole case. You see how the invocation of the intercession of a saint really does bring about miracles. People have faith in the intercession of the saints, through invoking the intercession of the Venerable Fulton Sheen. Through his intercession, God granted a great spiritual favour.
Also, not too long ago, I studied the cause for the canonisation of St José Sánchez del Río, the young teenager, who during the Cristero War in Mexico, when the Church was being so cruelly persecuted at the beginning of the 20th century, fought with the Christian army and then, when he was captured refused to deny his Catholic faith. In fact, he died calling out “Long Live Christ the King!” [¡Viva Cristo Rey!], “Long Live the Virgin of Guadalupe!” So, that also is a most edifying story for our time.
J: Absolutely. And maybe such times aren’t so far away for the Western world. Last night I ran into a friend from Iraq who had been held hostage for about three days by Islamic extremists because he’s a Catholic. I find his story incredibly inspiring: that for three days, he was basically wondering whether he would live or die for his faith.
+R:  I’m sure the grace of Christ touched his heart in a very profound way and produced this heroic witness.
J: It was reported that Cardinal Maradiaga was strongly critical of the dubia and the then Four Cardinals in a new book, wherein His Eminence wrote “Ordinary people are with the pope, this is completely clear,” which some have interpreted as meaning ordinary people support heterodox interpretations of Amoris Laetitia.
Does this reflect your experience? Is part of the problem of current divisions a social problem, where people self-select their social circles?
+R: Yes, I think what Cardinal Maradiaga says doesn’t match my experience.
I find universally that there’s a great deal of confusion, also people feeling that the Church is not a secure point of reference. Some are feeling even a certain bewilderment . . . they are looking for a much stronger presentation of the Church’s doctrine.
Certainly, as good Catholics they love the Pope with complete obedience to the office of Peter.  At the same time they don’t accept these questionable interpretations, as you put it, of Amoris Laetitia, interpretations, which in fact contradict what the Church has always taught and practiced.
There isn’t clarity about these matters. These people are in a very difficult state. It’s demonstrable, it’s a fact that we have conferences of Bishops which are contradicting one another with regard to Amoris Laetitia, Bishops contradicting one another; we have lay faithful who argue with one another over this; and so many priests are suffering in particular because the faithful come to them, expecting certain things that are not possible because they’ve received one of the these erroneous interpretations of Amoris Laetitia. As a result, they don’t understand the Church’s teaching anymore.
So, I think your point is very well taken. You know that in the Church, we have only one guide, the Magisterium, the teaching of the Church, but we now seem to be divided into so-called political camps. Also, even the language that’s used is very mundane and that concerns me a great deal.
J: Is there a way to have positive dialogue among people, including those who don’t want to hear the constant teaching of the Church, and express fury at people willing to discuss and explain it?
+R: The thing that I find rather consistently is that so-called liberal people, the people who call for revolution in the Church and so forth are liberal and want dialogue as long as you agree with them. The minute you raise a question, they become very dismissive, make personal attacks, what we call ad hominem arguments, and so forth. That really isn’t helpful. We’re talking about truths, we’re talking about facts and there’s no place for these kinds of attacks.
J: People see these personal attacks and think they’re a valid response, a counter-strike, as if the truth depended on force.
+R: It’s a very mundane way of approaching things, it has no place in the Church, but that’s where we’re at right now. People even making disparaging commentaries on other people, when they don’t agree with them.
Well, my point is this: ‘What is it that I’ve said that isn’t true?’ And I’ll address it. If you simply accuse me of being ‘out of tune’, ‘out of touch’, or whatever, ‘medieval’, or deluded, there’s no response to that.
J: That doesn’t serve the truth. Are there any ways people can break down the personal barriers that seem to exist? That’s almost prior to the doctrinal issues.
+R: I think that there’s only one way for us to carry out a conversation about these matters and that is to make the point of reference the doctrine of the Church. That’s what unifies us.
It’s not me personally, I’m not the principle of unity in the Church, the Holy Father is as the teacher of the faith. So I think there just has to be a real effort to overcome this.
J: Is it all right if I ask whether you pray for the Cardinals or figures that attack you?
+R: Of course I do because they are Cardinals of the Church, they are positions of tremendous responsibility. Also I have a certain fraternity with them as members of the same College, the College of Cardinals, so that goes without saying.

J: I was told that you normally celebrate the Mass in Latin using the Novus Ordo, is that the case, or true?
+R: I celebrate both forms of the Mass and oftentimes privately I do celebrate the Extraordinary Form.
J: Just briefly touching on the crisis in the Order of Malta, are there any more details you want to share in that? It seems the situation really imploded. Were you shocked by what happened?
+R: Yes, I was completely shocked by it, and I remain concerned that a true reform of the Order take place, a reform which respects its centuries-long history and respects the inspiration which the Holy Spirit gave to Blessed Gerard when he founded the Order for the Defence of the Faith and for the care of the poor. The foundation is the Defence of the Faith, and this scandal involving the distribution of contraceptives must be addressed in an effective way so that the Order doesn’t become simply a government agency but remains an agency of Christ Himself. When people receive charity from the Order they recognise first of all that this is coming from Our Lord Himself.
J: Do you think Fra’ Matthew Festing may have any recourse in canon law regarding a resignation under duress, or a perception of duress?
+R: Yes, he could in the sense that it was most extraordinary to demand from him, without announcing it to him beforehand, his resignation ‘on the spot’, as they say. It doesn’t seem that he intends to do that. That would have been a possibility.
J: To make the situation even more colourful, the Grand Master, who is also a Cardinal, of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre is, I think, beyond the customary retirement age. Do you think you might become a Grand Master yourself?
+R: [Laughs] I haven’t even thought about that to be honest with you. I don’t know, I am a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, I’m very proud to be. But anyway, whatever is decided I would do.

J: Or even Archbishop of Washington, D.C.? I think that might be coming up soon.
+R: I wouldn’t speculate on that.
J: How was your recent pastoral visit to Brazil?
+R: My pastoral visit to Brazil was most edifying. I was deeply impressed by the participation of persons of all ages – and especially of young people and young families with many children – in the presentation of the Portuguese translation of my book on the Holy Eucharist, Divine Love Made Flesh, and in the Pontifical Masses which I offered at Belém, Brasília, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
The visit to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception at Aparecida was a great gift of grace for me. Before the miraculous statue of Our Lady, I was able to pray for Brazil and for the faithful of Brazil. Also, I was blessed to offer the Holy Mass on an altar that had been used by Pope Benedict XVI.
J: Going back to your brother Cardinals, what do you think of the controversy regarding Cardinal Muller not being renewed as Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine for the Faith?
+R: I am not party to any information regarding the decision of the Holy Father not to renew Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller in his office as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Certainly, Cardinal Müller is a most highly respected professor of theology who has published many books and articles in various languages. Because of his exceptional preparation and long experience as a professor of theology, he was particularly well suited to head the Congregation.
J: How does the death of Cardinal Meisner affect the plans regarding the dubia?
+R: The death of Cardinal Joachim Meisner on July 5th of this year and the death of Cardinal Carlo Caffarra on September 6th of this year mean that Cardinal Walter Brandmüller and I will take forward the important work of resolving the dubia.
While we are sad to have lost the earthly collaboration of these two great pastors and prelates, we are certain that they will continue to assist us with their prayers inspired by their enduring pastoral charity.
J: Is there an increased sense of urgency or isolation?
+R: The urgency of a response to the dubia derives from the harm done to souls by the confusion and error, which result, as long as the fundamental questions raised are not answered in accord with the constant teaching and practice of the Church. The urgency weighs very heavily on my heart.
J: Would you like to make a comment on the death of Cardinal Caffarra?
+R: Over the years, I was blessed by the friendship of Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, an outstanding priest and highly regarded scholar on the theology of marriage and family life.
During the past three years, I have worked very closely with him in defending marriage and family life from a growing confusion and even error, which have also entered into the Church.
In every encounter with Cardinal Caffarra, I was impressed with his purity of heart and with his totally priestly character. He loved Christ and His Mystical Body, the Church, with all his heart. For that reason, he suffered profoundly from the fact that the present situation of confusion and error in the Church has led to the grave harm of souls.
Nevertheless, he never questioned Our Lord’s presence with us, according to His promise to the disciples, and he never questioned the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mother of Our Lord.
[1]  Burke, R.  Hope per il mondo: unire tutte le cose in Cristo , 2016 (Ignatius Press: San Francisco):
"La mia speranza è che la Chiesa sia sempre più fedele alla sua identità come Sposa di Cristo nel suo insegnamento, nel suo culto, nella sua preghiera e nella devozione e nella sua vita morale. La mia speranza è che ogni ramo della vite, affinché ogni membro del Corpo di Cristo possa diventare sempre più vicino a Cristo e conoscere, amarlo e servirlo, affinché la gloria di Cristo possa illuminare il nostro mondo, come attendiamo La sua ultima venuta, quando restituirà tutta la creazione al Padre, inaugurando così «nuovi cieli e una nuova terra».
[2] I minori dettagli della trascrizione sono stati modificati per chiarezza.