20 September 2014

Prayer for Archbishop Carlson

V. Oremus pro antistite nostro Roberto.

R. Stet et pascat, in fortitudine tua, Domine, in sublimitate nominis tui.

V. Salvum fac servum tuum.

R. Deus meus sperantem in te.


Deus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector, famulum tuum Robertum, quem pastorem Ecclesiae Sancti Ludovici praeese voluisti propitius respice: da ei, quaesumus, verbo et exemplo, quibus praeest, proficere; ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi credito, perveniat sempiternam. Per Christum Dominum nostrum.

R. Amen

19 September 2014

Perspicacity on Parade

Anthony Esolen is always intelligent and insightful. Enjoy this piece at Crisis Magazine about the problems with the state of the St. Patrick's Day parade.

This is Satire, Right?

Just some humor to give you a break from all the doom and gloom outside.  Check out the picture of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the wall behind one of these all-too-real players.

Tip to Lew Rockwell.com

We Fly to Thy Patronage

Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, Sancta Dei Genetrix. Nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus, sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, Virgo gloriosa et benedicta. Amen.

18 September 2014

Yep, Your Holiness

This stuff is getting pretty hard to take.


I really hate to give her the hits, but this fantastical attempt by the Patheos Den Mother of Everything (except tradition) is Awesome to spin the Cardinal Burke news is a must read. WARNING: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRINK COFFEE WHILE READING!

There is no enormity that will rouse the neocatholic brute squad.

16 September 2014

Only a Living Thing is Capable of Swimming against the Current

In honor of this sacerdos magnus, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, his own words at a Mass in St. Louis in thanksgiving for his elevation to the Sacred College in 2011:

Having received new and weightier responsibilities in my priestly vocation, I certainly take courage from the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, especially Saint Peter the Apostle.  I know that I, as a member of the College of Cardinals, am called to assist our Holy Father, in a more intimate and total way, in his apostolic care of the universal Church.  The distinct vesture of the Cardinal, the scarlet biretta and cassock, leave no doubt regarding the meaning of the position to which I have been elevated.  My priestly love of the Church must now become purer and more selfless, in order that, in the words of the Successor of Saint Peter at the imposition of the cardinalatial biretta, I may show myself to be "intrepid, even to the shedding of [my] blood for the building up of the Christian faith, the peace and harmony of the People of God, and the freedom and extension of the Holy Roman Church."  I am called, even more so now, to be a sign of Our Lord's ceaseless and immeasurable love, "to the end," to the very outpouring of His life for us, on Calvary, His sacrifice made ever present for us in the Holy Eucharist we are celebrating in thanksgiving and petition.

...Throughout more than thirty-five years of priestly life and ministry, Our Lord has taught me that the courageous bearing of the burden of His pastoral charity toward His flock brings deep and abiding joy and peace.  Please pray for me that I will never fail to take up the burden of Christ's love with courage.  Considering my new responsibilities, I need the help of your prayers now more than ever.

In a particular way, I ask your prayers that I may imitate always the example of Saint John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester in England during the reign of Henry VIII... On June 22, 1535, Saint John Fisher was beheaded, intrepid in giving himself totally to Our Lord and His Church, even to the outpouring of his blood.

[...]  The Cardinal today is called, in a special way, to assist the Roman Pontiff in announcing all of the truths of the faith, but, in a particular way, the truth regarding the natural moral law to be observed for the good of all in society.  Please continue to pray for me, that I will not fail Our Lord by failing to assist our Holy Father with all my being. ...

A prince of the Church in the truest sense. 

May he continue to remain rooted at the foot of the Cross, with Mary our Mother.  May we all remain rooted there, "disciples Jesus loves".  The righteous anger and heartbreak faithful Catholics feel at the dishonoring of this most loyal, kind, generous, virtuous, compassionate, brave and humble-- truly humble-- shepherd is just, but must lead to intense prayer and sacrifice.  May His Eminence, and all of us, be granted the "deep and abiding joy and peace" of which he spoke.  

God bless him.  God have mercy on his enemies, inside the Church and outside.  

May we all leave sin behind and turn again to our God.  

May we imitate the model of St. John Fisher and his true spiritual son, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke.


Sandro Magister is reporting that His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke, currently the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal for the Apostolic Signatura, will soon be sacked and demoted to an historically honorary post as Cardinal Patron of the Knights of Malta. The current holder of the post is 80 years old. Cardinal Burke is 66.

Of course, prudence calls for us to wait and see. And pray.



IF this happens, I say that this is my personal final straw for having any patience for the "everything is normal, Pope Francis isn't changing anything" camp. If you see some Catholic-lite blogger posting that this is "a master stroke by Pope Francis, finally seeking to bring a moribund military order back to ecclesiastical relevance", please don't send me the link.

And though Jimmy Akin is comfortable with annulments by phone call, I smell a rat. Let's see, the Apostolic Signatura's jurisdiction includes review of decrees of nullity. That Synod on the Family is coming in just a few weeks.

It included the authority to overturn the proposed draconian measures attempted against the FFI Sisters. That was against the wishes of the Pope's visitors.

And more. Don't forget that His Eminence celebrates the Traditional Mass.

The Magister article is important enough that I will post it in its entirety below.

Again, if, IF, this happens, don't blow sunshine up my way.

Wake up. Hard to argue with this summation from Rorate:

If this rumor is confirmed (which seems quite possible, considering Magister's excellent sources), it is obvious that this very gentle Cardinal will accept it humbly and silently -- but, make no mistake, it will the palpable symbol of the hatred (yes, unfortunately that is the precise word) for the person of Cardinal Burke and especailly for all that he represents, that is, a life of complete and absolute fidelity to the Authority, Tradition, and Magisterium of the Apostolic See.

God bless Cardinal Burke! Pray for him. Before all is done, we will need him.

VATICAN CITY, September 17, 2014 – The “revolution” of Pope Francis in ecclesiastical governance is not losing its driving thrust. And so, as happens in every self-respecting revolution, the heads continue to roll for churchmen seen as deserving this metaphorical guillotine.

In his first months as bishop of Rome, pope Bergoglio immediately provided for the transfer to lower-ranking positions of three prominent curial figures: Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Archbishop Guido Pozzo, and Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca, considered for their theological and liturgical sensibilities among the most “Ratzingerian” of the Roman curia.

Another whose fate appears to be sealed is the Spanish archbishop of Opus Dei Celso Morga Iruzubieta, secretary of the congregation for the clergy, destined to leave Rome for an Iberian diocese not of the first rank.

But now an even more eminent decapitation seems to be on the way.

The next victim would in fact be the United States cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, who from being prefect of the supreme tribunal of the apostolic signatura would not be promoted - as some are fantasizing in the blogosphere - to the difficult but prestigious see of Chicago, but rather demoted to the pompous - but ecclesiastically very modest - title of “cardinal patron” of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, replacing the current head, Paolo Sardi, who recently turned 80.

If confirmed, Burke’s exile would be even more drastic than the one inflicted on Cardinal Piacenza, who, transferred from the important congregation for the clergy to the marginal apostolic penitentiary, nevertheless remained in the leadership of a curial dicastery.

With the shakeup on the way, Burke would instead be completely removed from the curia and employed in a purely honorary position without any influence on the governance of the universal Church.

This would be a move that seems to have no precedent.

In the past, in fact, the title of “cardinalis patronus” of the knights of Malta, in existence since 1961, like the previous one of Grand Prior of Rome, has always been assigned to the highest ranking cardinals as an extra position in addition to the main one.

This is what was done with cardinals Mariano Rampolla del Tindaro (appointed Grand Prior in 1896 while remaining secretary of state), Gaetano Bisleti (at the same time prefect of the congregation for Catholic education), Gennaro Granito Pignatelli (cardinal dean and bishop of Albano), Nicola Canali (governor of Vatican City), Paolo Giobbe (leader of the apostolic dataria), Paul-Pierre Philippe (until the age of 75 also prefect of the congregation for the Oriental Churches), Sebastiano Baggio (removed from the congregation for bishops but kept on as governor of Vatican City and camerlengo), Pio Laghi (until the age of 77 also prefect of the congregation for Catholic education).

Two separate cases are those of Cardinal Giacomo Violardo, who succeeded the 89-year-old Giobbe as patron at the age of 71, two months after receiving the scarlet at the end of long service in the curia, and of the outgoing Sardi, appointed pro-patron in 2009 at the age of 75 and made cardinal in 2010 after having been for many years the head of the office that writes pontifical documents.

Above all, Sardi’s retirement would not be a compulsory act, since the age limit of 80 does not apply to positions outside of the curia. And in fact, with the exception of Paulo Giobbe, all of the aforementioned cardinal patrons went on to a better life “durante munere.”

Burke is 66 years old, and therefore still in his ecclesiastical prime. Ordained a priest by Paul VI in 1975, he worked at the apostolic signatura as an ordinary priest with John Paul II, who made him bishop of his native diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1993. It was again pope Karol Wojtyla who in 2003 promoted him as archbishop of the prestigious see, once cardinalate, of St. Louis, Missouri. Benedict XVI called him back to Rome in 2008, and made him a cardinal in 2010.

With a very devout personality, he is also recognized as having the rare virtue of never having struck any deals to obtain ecclesiastical promotions or benefices.

In the liturgical and theological camp, he is very close to the sensibilities of Joseph Ratzinger. He has celebrated a number of times according to the ancient rite, even donning the “cappa magna,” as do cardinals George Pell and Antonio Cañizares Llovera, without being punished for this by Pope Francis.

A great expert in canon law, and appointed to the apostolic signatura for this reason, he is not afraid to follow it to the most uncomfortable consequences. Like when, to the tune of articles of the Code - number 915 to be precise - he upheld the impossibility of giving communion to those politicians who stubbornly and publicly uphold the right to abortion, bringing the rebukes of two colleagues in the United States valued by Pope Francis, Sean Patrick O’Malley of Boston and Donald Wuerl of Washington.

Free in his judgments, he has been among the very few to make critical remarks on “Evangelii Gaudium,” pointing out that in his view it is orientational but not truly magisterial. And in view of the upcoming synod of bishops, he has repeatedly taken a stand against the ideas of Cardinal Walter Kasper - well known to be in the good graces of Pope Francis - in favor of communion for the divorced and remarried.

The dicastery headed by Burke, eminently technical, recently accepted an appeal from the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate against a provision issued for them by the congregation for religious. A courageous move on the part of Burke, situated within the context of the punitive action undertaken by the Vatican congregation against one of the most substantial realities of Catholic traditionalism, an action that Pope Francis endorsed by approving in specific form the congregation’s decision to prevent the Friars of the Immaculate from celebrating the Mass according to the “Tridentine” rite. It is only with this kind of pontifical approval, in fact, that a decree of the curia can overturn standing law, in this case the motu proprio of Benedict XVI “Summorum Pontificum.”

It is difficult to identify among these episodes the ones that may have have had the greatest influence on the fate of Cardinal Burke.

But it is easy to predict that his definitive downgrading will provoke both a tumultuous reaction within the traditionalist world, where Burke is seen as a hero, and a corresponding wave of jubilation in the opposite camp, where he is instead considered a bogeyman.

On the latter side it can be recalled that the “liberal” Catholic commentator Michael Sean Winters, in the “National Catholic Reporter” of November 26, 2013, had called for the head of Cardinal Burke as a member of the congregation for bishops, because of the nefarious influence, according to him, that he was exercising over episcopal appointments in the United States.

On December 16, in effect, Pope Francis humiliated Burke by crossing him off from among the members of the congregation. To the hosannas of “liberal” Catholicism, not only in the United States.

The pope certainly did not do so out of obedience to the wishes of the “National Catholic Reporter.”

But now he seems right at the point of giving the go-ahead for the second and more grave demotion of one of the most untarnished personalities the Vatican curia knows.