Month: March 2015

Pope Francis Denounces ” Gender Theory “

 

Pope Francis Denounces ” Gender Theory ”  

VATICAN: POPE FRANCESCO MEETS CARDINALS

          this article borrowed from Toronto Catholic Witness, a reliable source for true Catholic News and solid insight !

SuPope Francis denounces “gender theory” and cohabitation: where is the Holy See Press Office? Why are they censoring the Pope?

On March 21st, 2915, Our Holy Father again denounced the evil ideology that is destroying society and families: gender ideology. 
Then there is the ideological colonization of families, methods and proposals that are in Europe and also overseas. Then that mistake of the human mind that is gender theory which creates a lot of confusion. So the family is under attack.
All of this begs the question: where is the Holy See Press Office? Why are they not issuing translations in major languages of the world? And why are they issuing severely truncated versions: why are they erasing all and any references to the obvious increasing opposition of the Holy Father to the Adulterist and Homosexualist Parties positions, as advocated by the innovators in the scandalous and heretical mid-term relatio
 
The censored version, eliminating all reference to the evils of gender theory, and cohabitation before marriage may be read here. 

From Vatican News (www.news.va) screenshots (in respectively Italian, French and English show the insidious manipulation by the Holy See Press Office. Readers can see for themselves that only the Italian version mentions gender theory. 





Some Thoughts on Gender Theory

Thoughts on “Gender theory”

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More on  “Gender Theory”

  What is “Gender Theory” ?

   Just to re-fresh from last week, ” gender theory “, is the THEORY that you choose your own sex. This THEORY is in direct opposition with God and the Catholic Church’s teachings. GENDER FACT, to put it simply is that boys are born with boy parts and girls are born with girl parts. ” Gender theory “, would have us think differently ; it would say that each person would choose from one of 51 different options of gender. Actually, according to ” gender theory ” the person can be one or more genders at the same time, or even change their gender at will. Like I stated in last weeks post , ” gender theory ”  is all about the sexualizing of our children and society. It is an attack on the family and on the dignity of the human person as a son or daughter of Almighty God. From Genesis Chapter 1 we read “[27] And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them.”  I emphasize, ” male and female he created them ” and that God created us to His image. We cannot credit ourselves for being created, we did not create ourselves.

This post, unlike most others is going to contain some opinion. However, these opinions will be based on practical observations and facts. Lately I have glanced over certain pew studies  on when young Catholics leave the Church. 79 percent of those who have dropped the name “Catholic” and claim no religious affliation of any kind, have done so by age 23 in the United States. I assume that this statistic is comparable here in Canada . The first observation is that by the age of 23 is when most young adults are probably just leaving or at least in college or university. What is it about College or University that is causing young Catholics to leave the Church ; could it be their exposure to ” gender theory ” ? I think so !

   Interestingly, in doing some recent investigative work on the origins and implementation of  ” gender theory “, I came across some very dark information. There are entire schools and universities that are dedicated to implementing ” gender theory ” into every course and curriculum of University and College. The one institute that I found has specialists that teach professors on exactly how to implement ” gender theory ” into all courses taught in university or college including Catholic religious classes. Here is the link . This institution and its professors are involved with every area of higher education. This was always suspected, but to see it is another thing.

   We know that ” gender theory ”  is and has been being taught in the universities for quite some time now. Our local university is notorious for its pushing of  ” gender theory “. What about high schools?  Well, “gender theory” has officially been implemented in high school for a couple years, see here. In the case of the high school implementation of  ” gender theory “, it seems that a terrible tragedy was taken advantage of and used as leverage in order to justify the teaching of this trash called ” gender theory “.

  So, there we have it ; “Gender theory” is in the colleges, the universities, and the high schools. It was only a matter of time before the big push would come from the social engineers to have ” gender theory ” taught to our beloved children at their most vulnerable age, in elementary school. The social engineers just can’t seem to wait for Catholics to leave the Church at the age of 23, no, they want them damaged and destroyed in grade 3. For those who don’t know, that is when the actual ” gender theory ” will begin being taught in publicly funded elementary schools in Ontario. Here is a piece of the actual curriculum that will be used in September in Grade 3 classes all through Ontario

Grade 3 gender theory teaching

 See how the social engineers craftily try and sneak in ” gender identity ” and ” sexual orientation ” into the grade 3 teaching. They sneak it in with a person’s allergies, family background, and skills and talents!!! How crafty!!!

 So, why would Catholics leave the Church if they subscribed to this THEORY? Because it is not at all compatible with the natural law, Christian, or Catholic teaching. From the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 6 we read “[24] No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. ” 

  As a parent, catechist, and member of the Catholic Church, this whole situation concerns me greatly! In the eyes of the social engineer’s , ” gender theory ” is likened to a death blow against God and His Holy Church. We know that this will never be, because of God’s promise in Matthew Chapter 16 “[18] And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” However, this doesn’t mean that many, many souls will not be lost to this evil teaching called ” gender theory “. We have seen the effect it has had on college and university students. Shortly, we will see the effect it has had on high school students. Do we really want to see what it will do to our youngest of children? In a sense, we are in uncharted waters! We as parents, Christians, and Catholics must stand up to this gravest of evil ! Parents as First Educators is spear heading the fight against this evil in Ontario, here is their website. Please sign up for their emails and consider donating to a truly just cause.

What else can we do? I’m glad you asked ! We can properly take responsibility for our children’s education and teach them the truth about God and His natural law. We have to catechize our children! That’s right, we have to catechize our children. We, as parents are the first educators, not the state, not the Bishop, and not the priest on Sundays! Even our very own Bishops in Ontario, for the most part, have compromised with this evil doctrine by allowing it to be implemented in so-called Catholic Schools. The exception is the Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast , who is actually publicly concerned for the souls of children ! This means that we as parents will have to get off our butts and probably learn or re-learn what the Catholic Church actually teaches. Sunday Mass attendance will just not cut it in this environment. Up until a few years ago, I probably had a grade 3 level of Catholic education concerning the Church, even though I took grade 12 religion class at a Catholic high school. In fact, I passed religion class every year all through elementary and high school ; with almost ZERO CATHOLIC CATECHESIS !!! Religion class is not the same as catechesis. BREAKING NEWS FLASH :  In Ontario, very little actual catechesis is taught in publicly funded elementary or high schools, Catholic or not !

  For a very thorough and simple catechism I would suggest you pick up a copy of  The Question and Answer Catholic Catechism by Servant of God Father John A. Hardon , S.J. If you prefer something a little more advanced I would suggest Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine  by Archbishop Michael Sheehan.

    Til next time, may God protect us from the world, the devil, the social engineers, and ourselves !

                In  JM+JT,

                           Lee

What is the Big Deal About “Gender Theory” ?

 

Catholic Teaching on Gender Theory

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The Catholic Church and the Grave Harm of so-called Gender Theory

       A good place to start is by trying my best to explain what the so-called  “gender theory”  actually is. I should also warn parents right here and now, that it is vitally important that you school yourselves in this particular topic, and come to see it for the grave evil that it is. The point, idea, and plan of the social engineering of  “gender theory”  is to groom our children, God’s children ,to be used as sexual objects. “Gender Theory”  is not about how a person feels at all, it is all about removing the dignity of the human person and denying the family unit. It is all about making the human person an object to be used. We need to be razor sharp and crystal clear here folks, this topic is a biggie! For those who live in Ontario Canada, grade 3 students will be learning this garbage starting in September 2015, only 6 months away! Yes, that is right GRADE 3 students in Ontario Canada will be taught about gender theory! Therefore our children, if taught in a public or publicly funded Catholic school will be subject to the question of whether they are actually one of about 6 or 7 genders. That is right, it is not just about boy or girl anymore. “Gender Theory” is all about sexualizing our children, God’s children.

Gender theory is actually something relatively new. In 1949 a radical feminist named Simone de Beauvoir proposed that “existence precedes essence; hence one is not born a woman, but becomes one”.  Pope Benedict XVI replies  to Simone de Beauvoir and her error in his Address to the Curia, on the occasion of Christmas in 2012  “According to this philosophy, sex is no longer a given element of nature, that man has to accept and personally make sense of: it is a social role that we choose for ourselves, while in the past it was chosen for us by society. The profound falsehood of this theory and of the anthropological revolution contained within it is obvious. People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being.”  Therefore, gender theory in a nut shell ultimately proposes that our boy parts or our girl parts have absolutely nothing to do with what sex we actually are. Let me key in on the word  “THEORY”. This is not fact. Before long, the social engineer’s will be stating that “gender THEORY”  is actually gender fact. The sex-ed curriculum that will be forced on the children of Ontario in publicly funded schools will be learning that “gender theory”  is actually gender fact.

As parents we are the first educators, not the state. Check here at Parents as First Educators site here in Ontario, this is a great group to support and learn from. PAFE deals with gender facts, not theory. PAFE is on the front line of defense against this onslaught of social engineering that is focussed on attacking children at a most vulnerable age. May Almighty God bless PAFE ‘s work!

We should look at more of what our leaders in the Catholic Church have  recently been saying about so-called “gender theory”. Recently, His Holiness Pope Francis brought up the topic of “gender theory”. Here are some quotes from the pontiff featured in  Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi’s new book  Pope Francis: This Economy Kills:

Let’s think of the nuclear arms, of the possibility to annihilate in a few instants a very high number of human beings. Let’s think also of genetic manipulation, of the manipulation of life, or of the gender theory, that does not recognize the order of creation. With this attitude, man commits a new sin, that against God the Creator. The true custody of creation does not have anything to do with the ideologies that consider man like an accident, like a problem to eliminate. God has placed man and woman and the summit of creation and has entrusted them with the earth. The design of the Creator is written in nature.

This is not all that His Holiness Pope Francis has stated about the evils of “gender theory”. Pope Francis also describes this as “ideological colonization” and added that “the same was done by the dictators of the last century. … think of Hitler Youth.”(my emphasis).

Let us also look to the recently canonised Saint John Paul II’s  homeland of Poland and see what the Bishops conference has to say about the so-called “gender theory”. The letter written by the Bishops of Poland read in all churches on Dec. 29, 2013, said the concept of gender was “deeply destructive” to “the person, inter-human relations and all social life,” and called on Poles to resist it. It also states here In their letter, the bishops said the “ideology of gender” was “strongly rooted in Marxism and neo-Marxism” and had been promoted in Poland “for several months” by “vocal circles with considerable financial means” who wanted to “experiment on children.” “God created men and women — with the great and indispensable gift that, in body and spirit, they should be men for women, and women for men, assigned to married life,” the pastoral letter noted. “It must therefore arouse the greatest concern that an attempt is now being made to redefine marriage and family, especially by supporters of this ideology of gender.” – See more at: osv.com

The Italian Bishops have also spoken up on this topic, we should listen up. Here from CNA we read from .-” The general secretary of the Italian bishops conference stressed on Friday that the attempt to introduce textbooks into the nation’s schools that present gender theory as a fact are an effort to turn biological data upside down.” Please, I encourage those reading to check these sources. Many of our leaders are speaking very loudly and denouncing this grave evil.

What can we do about this? We need to educate ourselves and our children on what Catholic teaching is regarding GENDER FACT. Enough of the theory and fiction, let us look to Divinely revealed facts from Holy Scripture. From the very first chapter in Genesis we read  [27] And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them. [28] And God blessed them, saying: Increase and multiply,…( my highlighted emphasis added). It would do well to memorize these most important verses that communicate Gods teaching. Holy Scripture teaches that God created us as male and female period, not two-spirited, trans-gender, homosexual, asexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual and the list keeps growing. Men are men, women are women period.

Should we have compassion on those who struggle with sexual identity? Yes, of course! We need to show them love, compassion, and understanding. Love and truth should never ever be opposed to one another ; the same goes for faith and reason. These people, whoever they are that may have some sexual identity confusion are welcome in the Catholic Church. At the same time, they should try to understand that the Catholic Church’s teachings are Divinely revealed and have the soul purpose of helping us to get to heaven. Our teachings cannot and will not change to suit the latest social construct. God does not change, nor do His teachings.

The Ontario government wants to go against natural law and teach this , featured below in GRADE 3.  Notice how they sneak in  “gender identity and sexual orientation”, let us remember this is  GRADE 3 teaching starting this September 2015.

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  This little snippet is taken from the actual curriculum slated to be taught in September 2015 to GRADE 3 children in Ontario Canada. Wait until you see what the Grade 7 students will be taught!

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that:

III. “MALE AND FEMALE HE CREATED THEM”

Equality and difference willed by God

369 Man and woman have been created, which is to say, willed by God: on the one hand, in perfect equality as human persons; on the other, in their respective beings as man and woman. “Being man” or “being woman” is a reality which is good and willed by God: man and woman possess an inalienable dignity which comes to them immediately from God their Creator.240 Man and woman are both with one and the same dignity “in the image of God”. In their “being-man” and “being-woman”, they reflect the Creator’s wisdom and goodness.

This beautiful fact  taken from the Catechism :

“Each for the other” – “A unity in two”

371 God created man and woman together and willed each for the other. the Word of God gives us to understand this through various features of the sacred text. “It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helper fit for him.”242 None of the animals can be man’s partner.243 The woman God “fashions” from the man’s rib and brings to him elicits on the man’s part a cry of wonder, an exclamation of love and communion: “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.”244 Man discovers woman as another “I”, sharing the same humanity.

372 Man and woman were made “for each other” – not that God left them half-made and incomplete: he created them to be a communion of persons, in which each can be “helpmate” to the other, for they are equal as persons (“bone of my bones. . .”) and complementary as masculine and feminine. In marriage God unites them in such a way that, by forming “one flesh”,245 they can transmit human life: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.”246 By transmitting human life to their descendants, man and woman as spouses and parents co-operate in a unique way in the Creator’s work.247

373 In God’s plan man and woman have the vocation of “subduing” the earth248 as stewards of God. This sovereignty is not to be an arbitrary and destructive domination. God calls man and woman, made in the image of the Creator “who loves everything that exists”,249 to share in his providence toward other creatures; hence their responsibility for the world God has entrusted to them.

These teachings from the Catechism of the Catholic Church are fact, not theory. These are the teachings that we as parents need to teach our children. The so-called “gender theory” is directly opposed to God and His teachings. When I read what the Church teaches about man and woman, it stirs my heart to love Him more. When I read this, it reminds me that God has a specific plan custom made just for me because He loves me. Part of Gods plan is that I am a man ! He has a plan for you as well, He has a plan for all of us! He literally loved us into existence, we cannot deny this fact!

I hope this post helped a little. I have learned a lot researching 0n this topic, and I will continue to research it and share my results with you.

May Almighty God Bless you, and protect you from the world, the devil, yourself, and the gender theorists

In JM+JT,

Lee

Cardinal Burke Interview

EXCLUSIVE: CARDINAL  BURKE  INTERVIEW  WITH  RORATE CAELI
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   Thank you to Rorate Caeli for providing this interview with His Eminence Cardinal Burke (The Lion of Rome )

Last week, Rorate Caeli interviewed Raymond Cardinal Burke via telephone on numerous topics. Nothing was off the table for this interview and His Eminence was incredibly generous with his time. He showed himself to be brilliant and yet filled with humility. And his care and concern for traditional Catholics must be acknowledged and appreciated.

In this wide-ranging interview, His Eminence talked about issues ripped from the news such as: Vatican officials threatening to sue bloggers; more priests coming under his authority; the dismantling of the Franciscans of the Immaculate; how traditional Catholics can save their souls in this modern world — and get their children the sacraments in the traditional rite in the face of dissenting bishops; priestly celibacy; daily confusion from Pope Francis; and much, much more.

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VATICAN OFFICIALS THREATENING TO SUE BLOGGERS

Rorate Caeli: Your Eminence, thank you very much for agreeing to this interview. As the most-read international blog for traditional Catholics, we believe this will give much hope to our readership, and to traditional-minded Catholics everywhere. For our first question: The traditional world, recently, has been stunned by the news that two officials of the Vatican have threatened to sue traditional-minded Catholic bloggers and reporters. Do you agree with this approach, and do you think we should expect to see more of this in the future?

Card. Burke: Unless the blogger has committed a calumny on someone’s good name unjustly, I certainly don’t think that that’s the way we as Catholics should deal with these matters. I think contact should be made. I presume that the Catholic blogger is in good faith, and if there’s someone in the hierarchy who is upset with him, the way to deal with it would be first to approach the person directly and try to resolve the matter in that way. Our Lord in the Gospel and St. Paul in his First Letter to the Corinthians instruct us not to take our disputes to the civil forum, that we should be able, as Catholics, to resolve these matters among ourselves. (cf. Mt. 18:15; 1 Cor. 6:1-6)

CONFUSION FROM POPE FRANCIS

Rorate Caeli: After eight years under Pope Benedict XVI, clergy, laymen, even the media became accustomed to clarity. With so much confusion stemming from the daily statements of Pope Francis, confusion from the Synod, et cetera, is it best to focus more on the local and parish level and on the Church’s tradition, rather than looking for specific guidance from Rome on issues of the day?

Card. Burke: Yes, I think that, in fact, Pope Francis himself has given that indication. For instance in his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, he says that he doesn’t consider it to be a magisterial teaching. (n. 16) With someone like Pope Benedict XVI, we had a master teacher who was giving us extended catechesis on various subjects. I now say to people that, if they are experiencing some confusion from the method of teaching of Pope Francis, the important thing is to turn to the catechism and to what the Church has always taught, and to teach that, to foster it at the parish level, beginning first with the family. We can’t lose our energy being frustrated over something that we think we should be receiving and we’re not. Instead, we know for sure what the Church has always taught, and we need to rely on that and concentrate our attention on that.

COMMUNION FOR ADULTERERS & ATTACK ON DOCTRINE

Rorate Caeli: Speaking of that teaching and what we’re hearing, you’ve made news lately by saying you will resist any teaching that’s heterodox on marriage, and that Catholics should fight back, which gets to a whole other question we were asking about. What should be the response of faithful Catholics if there is a change in the discipline in regards to Holy Communion for divorced and remarried adulterers?

Card. Burke: I was answering a hypothetical question. Some people have tried to interpret it as an attack on Pope Francis, which it wasn’t at all. It was a hypothetical question posed to me, and I simply said, “No authority can command us to act against the truth, and, at the same time, when the truth is under any kind of threat, we have to fight for it.” That’s what I meant when I said that. When the hypothetical question was put to me, “What if this agenda is pushed?” I said, “Well, I simply have to resist it. That’s my duty.”

Rorate Caeli: How can a faithful Catholic fight back? Is it in his home? Is it on a blog?

Card Burke:  I think you have to keep teaching, in your home and in your own personal life, to hold to the truth of the faith as you know it, and also to speak up about it and to make known to the Holy Father your deep concern, that in fact you cannot accept a change in the Church’s discipline which would amount to a change in her teaching on the indissolubility of marriage. Here I think it’s very important to address a false dichotomy that’s been drawn by some who say, “Oh no, we’re just changing disciplines. We’re not touching the Church’s doctrine.” But if you change the Church’s discipline with regard to access to Holy Communion by those who are living in adultery, then surely you are changing the Church’s doctrine on adultery. You’re saying that, in some circumstances, adultery is permissible and even good, if people can live in adultery and still receive the sacraments. That is a very serious matter, and Catholics have to insist that the Church’s discipline not be changed in some way which would, in fact, weaken our teaching on one of the most fundamental truths, the truth about marriage and the family.

DISSENTING BISHOPS & SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM

Rorate Caeli: Getting to something that’s right in Your Eminence’s wheelhouse, how do we fulfill the promise and the mandate of Summorum Pontificum at this particular time in the Church, and what role does Canon Law play in making the traditional Latin Mass available in every parish?

Card. Burke: The law stands as it was given by Pope Benedict XVI, and it has not been changed. The document for its implementation was issued by the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei. All of that holds. All of that urges that when there is a desire for the traditional Mass among a group of the faithful, it is to be provided for them.

Rorate Caeli: Sticking to Summorum, for families whose children have never been exposed to the Novus Ordo, yet their local ordinary will not fulfill the mandates of Summorum by granting them traditional Confirmation, should those families take their children to a neighboring diocese or a personal parish like the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, FSSP, in order to have them confirmed in the traditional rite?

Card. Burke: They certainly have the right to receive the sacraments in the traditional rite, in the Extraordinary Form. If they can’t receive it in their own diocese, then certainly they could ask their parish priest to give them a note that the child is ready to be confirmed, and then have them confirmed in another place where it is permitted.

DISMANTLING THE FRANCISCAN FRIARS OF THE IMMACULATE

Rorate Caeli: You probably know, we have been covering the disheartening and frightening accounts of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate being dismantled over the last year. Does Your Eminence think that the commissioner, Father Volpi, has been fair? And what does Your Eminence think of Father Volpi’s court mediation statement regarding the founder’s family?

Card. Burke: I really don’t have the kind of direct information on which to make a judgment about the matter. I have to say that, just from an outsider’s view, Father Volpi has taken some very strong actions very quickly. Seemingly, I read the story too, he had to admit that the accusation which he made against Father Stefano Manelli, the founder of the Friars of the Immaculate, and his family members, of somehow misusing the temporal goods of the Friars of the Immaculate, was not true. That’s certainly a very serious matter. Many friars are leaving, and it would seem that there should be some way of dealing with the whole situation in which the order itself wouldn’t collapse, because they were strong, they had a lot of vocations, and they have a great number of apostolates. That’s the part that’s worrisome to me.

Rorate Caeli: There are reports, and frankly we get personal reports of this, of FFI priests saying they’re “fleeing,” they’re “in hiding,” using those words from the current FFI under Fr. Volpi. There’s also reports of bishops taking in FFI priests seeking refuge in their dioceses. Would Your Eminence encourage those other bishops to do the same?

Card. Burke: If there’s a priest who desires to leave his religious community, and this a good priest, and there isn’t anything contrary to the bishop accepting him, I think a good bishop would certainly accept such a priest and try to help him to become a priest in his diocese. There’s a process; it takes time. The priest who is wanting to leave his religious community has to have a welcoming bishop. When a bishop is able to welcome such a priest, I think the bishop should be happy to do that, because it assists a good priest to be able to continue to exercise his priestly ministry.

TRADITIONAL PRIESTS SUPPRESSED BY DISSENTING BISHOPS

Rorate Caeli: What, in Your Eminence’s opinion, are good priests supposed to do who are being suppressed by their bishops? We know of many, though we’re not going to name them publicly. Some have no mission whatsoever now, and they’re living on donations and help from family and friends. Some find it necessary to join independent groups. What is Your Eminence’s advice to those priests who simply want to live, preach and say Mass as all priests did before the Council?

Card. Burke: I would simply urge them to seek a bishop who is receptive to such priests and would try to help them, if he can, or if he can’t help them directly himself, to help them find another bishop who would permit them to lead a good priestly life. That’s all that one can do. Obviously, also, there is recourse to the Congregation for the Clergy. If the priest feels that he’s simply being treated unjustly, then he could ask the Congregation for the Clergy to intervene.

Rorate Caeli:  There are reports that in an attempt to fix the problem we just discussed, an Apostolic Administration for traditional priests and religious may be in the works, in order to solve many of these issues facing them, in terms of living out their vocations strictly according to Summorum Pontificum. Can Your Eminence comment on where in the process that may be — the future of an Apostolic Administration?https://twitter.com/roratecaeli

Card. Burke: Such a thing is possible. I’m not aware that anything is in process in that regard. Maybe it is, I just haven’t heard about it. Certainly that is a possibility and would be a way of assisting these priests and the faithful who are attached to them to remain in communion with the Church.

MORE PRIESTS COMING UNDER CARD. BURKE’S AUTHORITY 

Rorate Caeli: Now, Your Eminence may have a bias on this question, but would the Sovereign Military Order of Malta theoretically be able to function as an Apostolic Administration, giving faculties for traditional priests and religious?

Card. Burke: Well, the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, has incardinated priests. But it did so as a sovereign military order, not as an Apostolic Administration. The Order has a Prelate, appointed by the Holy Father, who participates in the governance of the Order. He is clearly the lawful superior of any priests incardinated in the Order. Right now, we’re studying the whole situation because we have requests from additional priests who wish to be incardinated in the Order. But certainly it has happened in the past, and there’s no reason why it couldn’t continue to happen, not in virtue of the establishment of an Apostolic Administration, but in virtue of the nature of the Order.

PRIESTLY CELIBACY

Rorate Caeli: We were already planning on asking this question months ago when we first started crafting these interview questions, and then the Pope was reported to have said just yesterday the issue of married priests is “on his agenda.” Is priestly celibacy for western priests under serious threat with this pontificate?

Card. Burke: That would be a very serious matter because it has to do with the example of Christ Himself, and the Church has always treasured in her priests the following of Christ’s example, also in His celibacy. I’ve heard this reported, but I haven’t been able to verify it, but that would be, obviously, a very serious matter. The matter was taken up already by a world synod of bishops in the late ’60s, and at that synod there was a very solid reaffirmation of the Church’s teaching on clerical celibacy. I don’t refer to it just as a discipline because it has to do with what from the earliest centuries the Church understood as being most fitting for her priests. It’s something more than a discipline, and therefore I would think it’s very difficult to conceive that there would be a change on this.

ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TRADITIONAL CATHOLICS

Rorate Caeli: What words of encouragement can Your Eminence give to traditional Catholics who are struggling to save their souls and the souls of their children in this modern world, and without, it sometimes seems, any help from Rome?

Card. Burke: I frequently say to those who are writing to me and are expressing such discouragement, or are asking for direction in what seems to be a very troubled situation, that when, in times like this, there seems to be some confusion in the governance of the Church, then we have, more than ever, to steep ourselves in the Church’s constant teaching and to hand that on to our children and to strengthen the understanding of that teaching in our local parishes and our families. And our Lord has assured us — He didn’t tell us that there wouldn’t be attacks on the Church, even from within, but He has assured us that the gates of Hell will never prevail over the Church. In other words, Satan, with his deceptions, will never finally prevail in the Church. We have to have that confidence about us and go about it with great joy and great determination, in teaching the faith, or in giving witness with apologetics to souls who don’t understand the faith or who have not yet become members of the Church. We know that the gates of Hell will not prevail, but in the meantime, our way is the Way of the Cross. And when we have to suffer for the sake of what we believe, what we know to be true, we can embrace that suffering with the knowledge of the final outcome: that is, that Christ is the Victor. He is the one that ultimately overcomes all the forces of evil in the world and restores us and our world to the Father. That is the way in which I try to encourage faithful Catholics. I think it’s important, too, that devout traditional Catholics get to know one another and support one another, to bear one another’s burdens, as the Scripture says. We ought to be prepared to do that and be sensitive to families that might be suffering some particular difficulty in this regard, and try to be as close to one another as possible.

THIRD VATICAN COUNCIL?

Rorate Caeli: Thank you. We only have a few questions left. There are some very loose reports, but from credible sources, of Francis considering calling a Third Vatican Council. Has Your Eminence heard anything about this at all?

Card. Burke:    No, not at all.

PROCESS FOR CHOOSING BISHOPS

Rorate Caeli: Episcopal appointments in the United States were, on average, conservative-leaning under Benedict XVI. That was not the case everywhere. From this arises what is a clear gap with the priests and actual churchgoing faithful of the new generation that are widely conservative, attached to the true catechism, to Catholic moral law, to a reverent Sacred Liturgy. Is Your Eminence in favor of a new orientation in the naming of bishops in the United States and elsewhere? Is the current method for the selection of bishops a good one, in your view?

Card. Burke: I think it is. It involves the consultation not only of other bishops and priests in the diocese, but also the lay faithful. And there is always the possibility for individual members of the laity or groups of lay faithful to make known their concerns to the Congregation for Bishops or the Nuncio. I think that the most important thing is to let the Apostolic Nuncio know, when there’s an appointment of a bishop being considered for a diocese, that there are very many faithful Catholics who  have particular needs and to express those needs.

CURRENT ROLE IN THE CHURCH

Rorate Caeli: What’s Your Eminence’s main focus on work these days?

Card. Burke: My main focus is on the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, helping the Grand Master with the governance of the Order, especially in the spiritual dimension. The Order has a twofold purpose: the defense of the faith, and the care of the poor. The two things honestly go very much together. I’m helping him with questions about the structure of the Order itself in order to fulfill more effectively those two purposes, but also to deal with questions that inevitably come up in any Catholic organization with regard to doctrine and with regard to morals. That’s my main focus. I am also spending time studying and writing on important questions in the Church today.

TRADITIONALISTS RESTORING THE CHURCH

Rorate Caeli: Do you see traditional Catholics taking more of a leading role, in the future, in the restoration of the Church?

Card. Burke: I think so. I find more and more very strong Catholic families who are devoted to the traditional Mass, and I think that those families will have more and more influence in the time to come. If those families influence other families, then obviously there’s a momentum that grows.

Rorate Caeli: Is there anything else that we haven’t touched upon that Your Eminence would like to add?

Card. Burke: Just to encourage everyone to be devoted to the Sacred Liturgy, which is the highest expression of our Catholic faith, the highest expression of our life in God, and to be very devoted to the study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and to the teaching of the faith in our homes and in our local communities. The Church has suffered terribly from decades of poor catechesis, such that the faithful, children and young people, even adults, don’t know their faith, and we need to address that because the two things go together. When we know our faith well, then we have a strong desire to worship in accordance with our faith, and at the same time our worship makes us desire more to know our faith. And then, obviously, all of that gets expressed in action by the charity of our lives, especially on behalf of those who are in most need.

Rorate Caeli: That leads to one last question. Your Eminence has mentioned the family in the home many times. Was John Paul II prophetic when he spoke about the Domestic Church?

Card. Burke: Oh, yes. He said that the Church comes to us by way of the family, and that’s true. Christ Himself comes by way of the family. He was prophetic in the sense that he pronounced again what the Church has understood from the very beginning. That term, Domestic Church, is very ancient, and it was repeated at the Second Vatican Council. It’s a very ancient terminology for the family. In that he was prophetic, in the sense that he set forth what God Himself teaches us about the family.

Rorate Caeli: That’s all we have for Your Eminence. Thank you very much for your time today and for your incredible service to Holy Mother Church.

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[Original posting time: March 2, 2015, 8:00 AM GMT]