Fraternal Purge of Francis the Merciful
by Matteo Matzuzzi
Not only Burke. Many influential cardinals were also removed. It was predictable (and legitimate). The reasons were because of of amoveatur without promoveatur .[Removal without Promotion] The focus is on a particular understanding of the Church and ethical issues.
Understanding of the Church at Odds
It could not be otherwise, as they say across the Tiber, when they comment on the removal of Cardinal Raymond Burke at the Congregation for Bishops. Francis' understanding of the Church is too far away from that of the prominent canon law expert, whom Benedict XVI. brought from St. Louis to Rome and had asked to head the Apostolic Signatura. To start with, Bergoglio is almost in terror of the idea of entering into his field hospital to see sad priests who are merely guardians of museum churches. Second, Burke, however, is a die-hard supporter of the Tridentine Mass Coram Deo , the brocade miters and Cappa magna, which have not been seen since the conclave called 50 years ago by Paul VI, as though the station of the Cardinal were still dominated by the Sistine Chapel's baldicchino .
Incompatibility of Positions
And then there's the incompatibility of positions to the non-negotiable principles that tore a deep furrow with time.While Francis celebrated the anniversary of Evangelium Vitae on the forecourt of St Peter's, but was only capable of citing one time the great encyclical of John Paul II on the protection of life from conception to natural death, , was something considered simultaneously by Burke at the Pontifical Urban University as penetrated by a precise catechesis of sharpness and clear partisanship for unborn life. While the Pope extorted not to harass the people of God and and obsess, to speak about the non-negotiable values only in certain contexts, the American cardinal warned against the chains of the broadening poison of laicism [secularism].
"It is enough to open a newspaper or turn on the television to see that the Christian is always less tolerated, that the secular agenda does not decrease in their efforts to suppress the testimony of faithful Christians to the second place, to intimidate and stifle" said the cardinal with the eloquence of a biblical prophet at the opening of a meeting of the Institute Dignitatis Humanae . "We must not succumb to these tactics," Burke said.
The Clear Words of the Cardinal - EWTN Interview Led to the Final Break
Sure, Francis said, but the Church's position on these issues is known, it does not have to be repeated every day. Meanwhile, however, the cardinal prefect explained apocalyptically, it is sufficient to look to see that "the political leaders are relentlessly busy to liberalize abortion even further" in the United States. A grave sin that calls for a corresponding sentence without long troubling the mercy and goodness of God: "You can not recognize those who support such a serious violation of the moral law and yet do them the honor. This is a scandal, a contradiction, an error", the cardinal said in an interview he gave to a few weeks later to a monthly magazine in Minnesota.
Then a few days ago, the final break came in an interview with the Catholic television station EWTN: "to refuse Catholic politicians communion is absolutely right: it is a question of order. The Eucharist is sacred. It is the body, the blood and the Soul of Christ. Whoever knows that he is in a state of sin, should not even approach Holy Communion."
Can the Evangelii Gaudium be considered as part of the Magisterium?
Everything was reinforced by doubts about the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium . When asked what he meant by Exhortation, the cardinal said: "To me it is not yet possible to find the exact form to describe this document, but it seems to me that it can not be considered as part of the Magisterium". EWTN asked what he meant by the fact that, according to Pope Francis too much is spoken about abortion, "gay marriage" and euthanasia. "We can never talk about these issues enough. We are up against a massacre of the unborn," replied Burke.
Completely opposite viewpoints, therefore. Between the two there is not that consensus which was so strong between the canon lawyer and Ratzinger, who often begged the American cardinal to help name suitable candidate for American dioceses. The Los Angeles Times put forward in an editorial that there appears to be a purge of conservative cardinals ongoing, - in addition to Burke and Piacenza and Bagnasco who were removed from their duties, there was even Cardinal Charles Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia. Chaput had publicly criticized the course begun by Bergolio this past July 1st: "I think that the Pope did not intend to be drawn into political issues. But issues such as abortion and marriage are not political questions. These are questions of doctrine and morality. And we bishops, all must speak of these things." The archbishop spoke in the same context of a "certain dissatisfaction" Pope Francis' course, which were being felt in faithful parts of the Church.
The decisions of Pope Francis from demotions and promotions in the Congregation for Bishops, commented on in the New York Times by the progressive historian Alberto Melloni, would mean that "one does not have to be conservative to become a bishop." The dismissal of Burke, for example, shows only the legitimate will of the Pope, a new "generation of bishops" to pave the way, also stated the progressive Vaticanist John Allen. A completely different generation than those that have come of age in recent decades.
Introduction / Translation: Giuseppe Nardi
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