«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)

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The canonical excommunication of the bishops for their illegal ordinations was revoked, but a de facto sacramental excommunication remains for their schism; they put themselves out of communion with the Church.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.

Card. Burke: "Amoris Laetitia ha portato molte persone a pensare che la Chiesa non sia un punto di riferimento sicuro"

Dos de los cuatro cardenales que presentaron los dubia al Papa Francisco para aclarar las interpretaciones dudosas de la Amoris Laetitia han muerto. Pero esto no impedirá que los dos cardenales restantes «continuemos la importante labor de resolver los dubia», explicó el cardenal Raymond Burke en una nueva entrevista.
En una amplia entrevista con el sitio de noticias de la diócesis de Parramatta, Catholic Outlook, el cardenal afirmó que «la urgencia de una respuesta a los dubia deriva del daño hecho a las almas por la propagación de la confusión y el error, que se producen al no responder las cuestiones fundamentales planteadas y que no se haga de acuerdo con la constante práctica y enseñanza de la Iglesia». Esta urgencia «pesa hondamente en mi corazón», agregó.
La confusión causada por Amoris Laetitia ha llevado a la muchas personas a «sentir que la Iglesia no es un punto seguro de referencia», dijo Burke.
«No hay claridad sobre estos asuntos», dijo. «Estas personas están en una situación muy difícil. Es un hecho palpable que tenemos conferencias de obispos que se contradicen entre sí en cuanto a la interpretación de Amoris Laetitia, en donde se ven unos obispos contradiciéndose mutuamente; tenemos además fieles laicos que discuten entre sí sobre esto; y también a sacerdotes que están sufriendo porque los fieles acuden a ellos, esperando respuestas que no son posibles porque han recibido una de estas interpretaciones erróneas de Amoris Laetitia. Como resultado, ya no entienden las enseñanzas de la Iglesia».
«Ustedes saben que en la Iglesia solo tenemos un guía, el Magisterio, la enseñanza de la Iglesia, pero ahora parecemos estar divididos en facciones políticas», explicó Burke. «Además, incluso el lenguaje que se usa es muy mundano y eso me preocupa mucho».
El cardenal Burke, uno de los defensores más firmes en la Iglesia de la ortodoxia católica, dijo que la Iglesia puede ofrecer «dirección» y llevar a la transformación cultural «en términos de respeto a la vida humana, respeto a la integridad de la familia y respeto a la libertad religiosa».

Lamenta la muerte de sus hermanos cardenales

También expresó su pesar por el fallecimiento de dos de los cuatro firmantes de los dubia, los cardenales Joachim Meisner y Carlo Caffarra. De los cuatro, solo él y el cardenal Walter Brandmüller siguen vivos. 
Dijo que Caffarra «sufrió profundamente» porque «la confusión y el error en la Iglesia ha ocasionado un grave daño a las almas».
«A lo largo de los años, fui bendecido por la amistad del cardenal Carlo Caffarra, un sacerdote destacado y un gran estudioso sobre la teología del matrimonio y la vida familiar», dijo Burke. «Durante los últimos tres años, he trabajado muy de cerca con él en la defensa del matrimonio y la vida familiar ante una creciente confusión y propagación del error, que también han penetrado en la Iglesia».
«En cada encuentro con el cardenal Caffarra, me impresionó su pureza de corazón y su carácter totalmente sacerdotal», continuó Burke. «Él amó a Cristo y su Cuerpo Místico, la Iglesia, con todo su corazón. Por eso, sufrió tan profundamente el hecho de que la actual situación de confusión y error en la Iglesia causara un grave daño en las almas».
Pero Caffarra «nunca cuestionó la presencia de Nuestro Señor con nosotros, según su promesa a los discípulos, y nunca cuestionó la maternal intercesión de la Virgen Santísima, Madre de Nuestro Señor».
«Aunque estamos tristes por haber perdido la colaboración terrenal de estos dos grandes pastores y prelados, estamos seguros de que ellos continuarán intercediendo con sus oraciones inspiradas por su duradera caridad pastoral », dijo Burke.

Los liberales en la Iglesia «hacen ataques personales» mientras claman por el «diálogo»

El cardenal explicó que los medios a menudo lo malinterpretan y tratan de presentarlo fundamentalmente como un opositor del Papa.
«Presentan al Papa Francisco como una persona maravillosa y abierta, y no hay nada malo en eso, pero me describen como todo lo contrario», dijo Burke. «Creo que cualquier persona que haya tenido alguna experiencia conmigo como sacerdote u obispo diría que soy muy pastoral y, de hecho, no veo ninguna contradicción entre ser pastoral y ser fiel en anunciar la enseñanza de la Iglesia y obedecer la ley de la Iglesia ».
«Están haciendo una caricatura de alguien que pide claridad sobre ciertos asuntos, están diciendo “él es el enemigo del Papa” y “está tratando de construir una oposición al Papa”, lo que por supuesto no es el caso en lo absoluto», aclaró Burke.
Burke denunció la tendencia de los progresistas en la Iglesia a atacar personalmentea cualquiera que no esté de acuerdo con ellos mientras fingen que apoyan el «diálogo».
«Lo que encuentro de manera consistente entre los llamados liberales, aquellos que llaman a la revolución en la Iglesia es que quieren diálogo, siempre y cuando estén de acuerdo con ellos», dijo Burke. «En el momento en que planteas una pregunta, se vuelven muy despectivos, hacen ataques personales, lo que llamamos argumentos ad hominem, y así sucesivamente. Eso realmente no es útil. Estamos hablando de verdades, estamos hablando de hechos y no hay lugar para este tipo de ataques».
«Es una manera muy mundana de acercarse a las cosas, no tiene lugar en la Iglesia, pero ahí es donde estamos ahora», dijo. «La gente incluso hace comentarios despectivos sobre otras personas, cuando no están de acuerdo con ellos».

Reza por cardenales y otros en la Iglesia que lo atacan

«Son Cardenales de la Iglesia» y en «posiciones de tremenda responsabilidad», dijo. «También tengo una cierta fraternidad con ellos como miembros del mismo Colegio, el Colegio de Cardenales, por lo que no hace falta decir que rezo por ellos».

Esperanza en Nuestro Señor

Burke alentó a los católicos a no renunciar nunca a la esperanza «no importa qué confusión o incluso divisiones entren en la Iglesia».
«Debemos aferrarnos aún más fielmente a lo que la Iglesia siempre ha enseñado y practicado», dijo el cardenal. «Y de esa manera realmente salvaremos nuestras propias almas, con la ayuda de la gracia de Dios ».
«Nuestro Señor siempre permanece con nosotros en la Iglesia», continuó. «Él es nuestro principal sacerdote y guía, y por lo tanto debemos tener confianza en llevar una vida cristiana. Debemos tener esperanza en Él».

FONTE: http://infocatolica.com/?t=noticia&cod=30502

sabato 23 settembre 2017

E’ morto mons. Gherardini, uno dei principali teologi contemporanei

E’ morto mons. Brunero Gherardini, a 92 anni, considerato uno dei principali teologi contemporanei.
La scomparsa di mons. Gherardini, teologo insigne e maestro di generazioni di sacerdoti, è una grave perdita per il mondo cattolico. Lo studio delle sue ultime opere è necessario per tutti coloro che vogliono comprendere le radici della crisi in cui oggi è immersa la Chiesa cattolica
Mons. Brunero Gherardini nacque a Prato il 10 febbraio 1925.  Dopo aver svolto i primi studi a Prato, entrò in Seminario studiando all’Istituto salesiano «Cardinale Cagliero» di Ivrea. Ordinato sacerdote, a Pistoia, il 25 giugno 1948, dal Vescovo Giuseppe De Bernardi, fu Parroco nella Diocesi di Prato.
Allievo di monsignor Pietro Parente, conseguì nel 1952 la laurea summa cum laude in Teologia, presso la Pontificia Università Lateranense, con la tesi: La parola di Dio nella teologia di Karl Barth (Roma, Studium 1955).
Fu poi docente del Seminario della Diocesi di Prato, Assistente Diocesano dell’Azione Cattolica e della Federazione Universitaria Cattolica Italiana (FUCI) e, nel 1959, entrò al servizio della Santa Sede, in qualità di Officiale della Sacra Congregazione dei Seminari e delle Università degli Studi, e come responsabile dei Seminari Diocesani e Regionali Italiani.
Dopo alcuni anni di insegnamento, nel 1968 divenne ordinario di Ecclesiologia presso la Pontificia Università Laterana, di cui poi fu decano della Facoltà teologica. Canonico della Basilica di San Pietro e Protonotario Apostolico, nel 2000 subentrò a mons. Antonio Piolanti nella direzione della rivista “Divinitas”. Membro della Pontificia Accademia San Tommaso d’Aquino, fu vicesegretario della Pontificia Accademia Teologica Romana. Per un trentennio consultore della Congregazione dei Santi fu Postulatore della causa di Beatificazione di Pio IX e direttore della rivista “Pio IX”.
Mons. Gherardini è autore di più d’ottanta libri e di centinaia di altre pubblicazioni. Tra le opere più recenti: Concilio Ecumenico Vaticano II. Un discorso da fare, Casa Mariana Editrice, Frigento 2009; Quod et tradidi vobis. La tradizione, vita e giovinezza della Chiesa, Casa Mariana Editrice, Frigento 2010; Concilio Vaticano II. Il discorso mancato, Lindau, Torino 2011; Credo in Gesù Cristo, VivereIn, Monopoli 2012; Il Vaticano II. Alle radici d’un equivoco. Lindau, Torino 2012. Contrappunto conciliare, Lindau Torino 2013.
In questi volumi egli offre preziosi strumenti per interpretare il dramma religioso del nostro tempo.

Fonte: https://www.corrispondenzaromana.it/in-memoriam-mons-brunero-gherardini-1925-2017/

sabato 16 settembre 2017

I saluti del cardinal Burke al "POPULUS SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM" 2017

Terminato il Pontificale, i pellegrini laici ed ecclesiastici si sono recati a Palazzo Cesi dove hanno potuto rinfocillarsi con un pranzo al buffet e salutare il Card. Burke. 
Ecco alcune foto.
Fonte: http://blog.messainlatino.it/2017/09/sumpont2017-foto-del-pranzo-col-card.html

venerdì 15 settembre 2017

"La Messa Vetus Ordo non è una minaccia per l'unità della chiesa ma piuttosto un dono"

Fans of the old Latin Mass descended on Rome on Thursday for their annual pilgrimage, facing indifference to their cause, if not outright resistance, from none other than Pope Francis.

Ten years after Pope Benedict XVI passed a law allowing greater use of the Latin Mass, Francis seems to be doing everything possible to roll it back or simply pretend it never happened.

In recent weeks, he has affirmed with "magisterial authority" that the reforms of the 1960s allowing for Mass to be celebrated in the vernacular rather than Latin were "irreversible." Last week he gave local bishops conferences authority to oversee those translations, rather than the Vatican.

The moves underscored that the age-old liturgy wars in the Catholic Church are very much alive and provide a microcosm view of the battle lines that have been drawn between conservative, traditionalist Catholics and Francis ever since he declined to wear the traditional, ermine-trimmed red mozzetta cape for his first public appearance as pontiff in 2013.

The indifference seems reciprocal.

At a conference Thursday marking the 10th anniversary of Benedict's decree liberalizing use of the Latin Mass, the meeting organizer, the Rev. Vincenzo Nuara, didn't even mention Francis in his opening remarks. The current pope was mentioned in passing by the second speaker, and ignored entirely by the third.

The front-row participants honoring retired pope Benedict and his 2007 decree were also telling: Cardinal Raymond Burke, a leading critic of the current pope whom Francis removed as the Vatican's supreme court judge in 2014; Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, recently axed by Francis as the Vatican's doctrine chief, and Cardinal Robert Sarah, appointed by Francis as head of the Vatican's liturgy office but effectively sidelined by his deputy.

In fact, it was Sarah's deputy, Archbishop Arthur Roche, who signed the explanatory note to Francis' new law allowing bishops conferences, rather than Sarah's office, to have final say on Mass translations.

Francis' new law is a "pretty clear course correction from Pope Benedict's line," said the Rev. Anthony Ruff, associate professor of theology at St. John's University in Minnesota and moderator of the progressive liturgical blog, Pray Tell.

Despite the sense of belonging to a previous era, the conference was nevertheless upbeat about the future of the Latin Mass even under a pope who has openly questioned why any young person would seek out the old rite and disparaged traditionalists as rigid and insecure navel-gazers.

Monsignor Guido Pozzo, in charge of negotiations with breakaway traditionalist groups, said more Latin Masses are celebrated each Sunday in some countries: France has seen a doubling in the number of weekly Latin Masses, to 221 from 104, in the past 10 years. The U.S. has seen a similar increase over the same period, from 230 in 2007 to 480 today.

"The old liturgy must not be interpreted as a threat to the unity of church, but rather a gift," he said. He called for it to continue to be spread "without ideological interference from any part."

The program for the 10-year anniversary pilgrimage began with chanted hymn at the start of the conference and ended with vespers Thursday evening celebrated by Benedict's longtime secretary, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein. Also on tap were a religious procession through the streets of Rome and multiple Masses. Conspicuously absent from the four-day program was an audience with Francis.

The current pope, though, let his thoughts known during a recent speech to an Italian liturgical society. He said there was no need to rethink the decisions that led to the liturgy reforms from the Second Vatican Council, the 1962-65 meetings that modernized the Catholic Church.

"We can affirm with security and magisterial authority that the liturgical reforms are irreversible," he said in one of his longest and most articulate speeches to date on the liturgy. It made no mention, in either the text or the footnotes, of Benedict's liturgical decree on the Latin Mass.

Nuara, the conference organizer, denied sensing any resistance to traditionalists from Francis, saying in an interview that the current pope "is a respectful man, so he recognizes all the good that the old liturgy has given the church."

"We are also absolutely respectful of Pope Francis," he added.

Timothy O'Malley, director of the University of Notre Dame's Center for Liturgy, said Francis' main beef with Latin Mass afficionados is with those "who see that this form of the liturgy must win at the expense of" the Mass in the vernacular.

But he said he saw no indication that Francis would do away with Benedict's decree liberalizing use of the old rite, known by its Latin name Summorum Pontificum.

"He'll continue to rail against those who think the (vernacular) Mass is invalid, but I don't see him taking away Summorum Pontificum," he said.

Fonte: http://www.lockportjournal.com/news/latin-mass-fans-celebrate--year-anniversary---without/article_1d2b4cc4-144a-532b-a967-e04fd53890f4.html