Cardinal Burke: “Pope has not granted me an audience.”

Cardinal Raymond Burke is one of the four cardinals who have challenged Pope Francis by publishing the Dubia. He has revealed that he requested an audience with Pope Francis and has yet to receive a response.
The American cardinal known for his Catholic orthodoxy addressed several other topics during the wide-ranging interview with InfoVaticana’s Gabriel Ariza (11 April 2017).
#1 He said comments by the new head of the Jesuit order that cast doubt on the validity of Christ’s words on marriage must be corrected. (source)
#2 Cardinal Burke reaffirmed how it was necessary to make the dubia public because of the rampant confusion in the Church about fundamental questions with regard to intrinsic moral evil, the right disposition to receive Holy Communion, and the indissolubility of marriage.
#3 Cardinal Burke went on to say that a recent Vatican invitation and public welcome for a male homosexual head of state from Luxemburg with his gay lover should not have occurred. (source)
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Pope Francis supports same-sex ‘civil unions’

The picture above shows Pope Francis warmly embracing Yayo Grassi, left, and his homosexual partner, Iwan, at the Apostolic Nunciature on Sept. 23, 2015.
It is widely known that when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis (then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio) was publicly critical of the government’s push to legalize homosexual “marriage,” but privately signaled he would be willing to live with civil unions as a compromise measure.
The Pope’s authorized biographer, Sergio Rubin, wrote concerning this that Bergoglio argued privately that the Church should come out for civil unions as the “lesser of two evils.”
“He wagered on a position of greater dialogue with society,” stated Rubin. This claim has been backed by homosexual activist Marcelo Marquez, who told the New York Times in 2013 that Bergoglio “told me that homosexuals need to have recognized rights and that he supported civil unions, but not same-sex marriage.”
In a 2014 interview with Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Pope Francis sympathized with countries that legalize same-sex civil unions, stating that they do so “to regularize different situations of living together,” mentioning the need to regularize the economic aspects between same-sex partners, such as, for example, to ensure health care. . . .(source)
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  1. News of 07 April 2018

    At a Rome summit on Saturday, key ardent opponents [esp. Cardinal Burke] of Pope Francis’s 2016 Amoris Laetitia issued a public declaration rejecting the teaching that some divorced and civilly remarried Catholics might receive Communion and imploring “the pope and the bishops to confirm us in this faith.” [See entire text.]

    Among other things, Cardinal Burke emphasized that “the time for waiting for an answer [to his earlier private request for a clarification] is over.” Thus, “As a matter of duty, the pope can be disobeyed,” Burke said. “There’s an abundant body of literature on the theme.”

    Burke makes a fatal error. He picks and chooses which teachings of recent popes that our Pope Francis may not change. Thus he names repeatedly the position of John Paul II regarding divorce and remarried Catholics. He also favors the ban against artificial birth control as defined by Pope Paul VI in Humanae Vitae (1968). Burke, however, never cites the decree of Pope Pius X that absolute prohibited women from singing inside the church on the ground that women were not permitted to fulfill any liturgical function (Motu proprio ‘De musica sacra’, 1903). Nor does Burke ever cite the decree of Pope Pius XI that absolutely prohibits “co-education” as being contrary to nature and revelation, a denial of original sin (Divini Illius Magistri §§ 68-69, 1929).

    Burke may object that the issue of women singing in church choirs and that issue of co-education are “dead in the water.” The Church as a whole has gone forward beyond these decisions. But this is just the point. Just maybe the Church is now ready for a more nuanced position respecting divorce and remarried couples. To arrive at this point, however, Pope Francis had to entirely abandon a “legalistic morality” as unfitting for the disciples of Jesus. That’s what Amoris Laetitia is all about. Burke disagrees. Legalism suits his temperament. But, guess what? He will have to join with those Catholics who still want to ban women from our choirs and to eliminate co-education.

    Aaron Milavec

    Note: Eliminating women from choirs was possible because young boys could sing the alto parts. But the Vatican also made use of castrated boys that could retain their musical skills for their entire lives.

    The Catholic Church’s involvement in the castrato phenomenon has long been controversial, and there have recently been calls for it to issue an official apology for its role. As early as 1748, Pope Benedict XIV tried to ban castrati from churches, but such was their popularity at the time that he realised that doing so might result in a drastic decline in church attendance. (source)

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