A ‘rudderless ship’

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With no on at the helm.

That’s how orthodox cardinal Raymond Burke has described the Church under Pope Francis, a man who often speaks off the cuff, without much forethought or the precision so needed in today’s world from the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics and the millions of Christians who look to the Holy Father as a moral and spiritual guide.

Here’s the Cardinal deposed from the Apostolic Signatura–the Vatican equivalent of the Supreme Court–recently by liberal Francis:

“American Cardinal Raymond Burke, the feisty former archbishop of St. Louis who has emerged as the face of the opposition to Pope Francis’ reformist agenda, likened the Roman Catholic Church to “a ship without a rudder” in a fresh attack on the pope’s leadership.

“In an interview with the Spanish Catholic weekly Vida Nueva, published Thursday (Oct. 30), Burke insisted he was not speaking out against the pope personally but raising concern about his leadership.

“Many have expressed their concerns to me. At this very critical moment, there is a strong sense that the church is like a ship without a rudder,” Burke said.

“Now, it is more important than ever to examine our faith, have a healthy spiritual leader and give powerful witness to the faith.”

Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature, leaves the concluding session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 18. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

Burke remains one of the few Church prelates to openly and frequently celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass according to the 1962 typical edition. He has no apologies or excuses for the pomp, pageantry and precise ancient rubrics in the Roman Rite unlike many of his contemporaries like, say, Germany’s Cardinal Kasper who led the liberal factions in the recent broohaha at the Synod on the Family, as it was called.

In fact, last week, he was denied the open and unfettered right under summorum Pontificum to celebrate the Tridentine Mass at a German diocese.

In his latest interview, Burke said the church was “the pillar of marriage” and challenged the pope’s revolutionary “Who am I to judge?” remark on gay people.

“The acts must be judged; I do not think that the pope thinks differently. They are sinful and unnatural. The pope never said we can find positive elements in them. It is impossible to find positive elements in an evil act.”

His outspokenness against modernism invading the Synod and the Church in general sounds refreshingly like the Ottaviani intervention sfollowing Vatican II.

So, while Francis conducts his war on Tradition and anything smacking of the latter, the Church continues to tailspin out of control in what can only be best described as the fulfillment of the approved prophesies of Our Lady of Salette in 1846.


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