And Then There Were Six: A Cardinal Signs the
"Profession of the immutable truths about sacramental marriage"
Whither Cardinals Burke and Brandmüller?
by Christopher A. Ferrara
January 6, 2018
In my last column I noted that two archbishops have joined the three bishops of Kazakhstan in signing the bishops’ “Profession of the immutable truths about sacramental marriage,” which denounces the interpretation of Amoris Laetitia (AL) that Pope Francis has approved under the label “authentic Magisterium” as the cause of “rampant confusion,” “alien” to the Catholic faith, and contributory to the spread of what Vatican II called the “plague of divorce” in the Church.
Both archbishops are ecclesiastical “heavyweights”: Archbishop Carlo Vigano, who was no less than former papal nuncio to the United States, and Archbishop Emeritus Luigi Negri, retired head of the Archdiocese of Ferrara-Comacchio. But where, one might have wondered, are the Princes of the Church, not a single one of which has risen to denounce AL’s attack on the Church’s moral edifice? Where, in particular, are Cardinals Burke and Brandmüller, who have long promised but thus far failed to deliver a “formal correction” of the errors of AL?
Now, however, at least one cardinal has risen to defend the Faith against the onslaught of AL and the “interpretation” that Francis has characterized as “authentic Magisterium” — even though it contradicts the teaching of his two immediate predecessors and is, as the Profession states, “alien to the entire Tradition of the Catholic and Apostolic faith.” As reported by Diane Montagna at Lifesite News, Cardinal Janis Pujats, Archbishop Metropolitan of Riga, Latvia, has joined three bishops of Kazakhstan and two Italian archbishops in signing the ‘Profession of Immutable Truths about Sacramental Marriage’… The addition of Cardinal Janis Pujats’ signature brings the number of signatories to six.”
Cardinal Pujats, notes Montagna, was a victim of Soviet persecution in Latvia and had to be ordained in “a secret ceremony by Archbishop Antonijs Springovičs.” Here, then, we have a man with the courage to stand up to tyranny without fear of reprisal. Pujats, Montagna further notes, “was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI.” I doubt that he voted for Cardinal Bergoglio at what was then the height of the plot by the “St. Gallen’s mafia” to defeat Ratzinger and seat Bergoglio on the Chair of Peter — a plot whose aim was finally achieved after the mysterious resignation of Benedict XVI.
Note, however, that Cardinal Pujats is the retired Archbishop Metropolitan of Riga. That is, he holds no office from which “the Dictator Pope” can summarily remove him as he has done with Cardinal Burke, and indeed numerous other prelates and priests in the Vatican (and elsewhere) who are perceived to pose an impediment to his will.
Then again, neither Burke nor Brandmüller holds any office of great importance in the Church. Burke was sacked as head of the Apostolic Signatura, removed from the Congregation for Bishops and then neutralized as prelate of the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta, to which post Francis humiliatingly consigned him. Whereas Brandmüller holds the largely titular office of Cardinal-Deacon of the Roman church S. Giuliano dei Fiamminghi, the national church of Belgium in Rome.
What, then, accounts for the continued silence of the very prelates who have promised a “formal correction” of the errors of AL? Are they under some sort of threat? One can only speculate, but the failure to come forward with the formal correction is certainly puzzling, especially after the appearance of the Profession, now signed by one cardinal.
As we wait for the two cardinals to do what they promised to do, the respected Vaticanist Marco Tosatti, citing a report he deems credible based on what we have seen of this pontificate thus far, writes that Pope Francis “is preparing his counterattack” against the signers of the Profession, which will consist of a smear campaign by his surrogates, and that he declared during a meeting with his publicity team: “They [the signers] will regret it. They will regret it bitterly.” [“Se ne pentiranno! Se ne pentiranno amaramente!”]
We are watching Church history in the making. And only God knows how and when He will deliver the Church from the clutches of the “regime of novelty” that has oppressed her for almost as long as the Arian heresy. One thing is certain: that deliverance will involve the Consecration of Russia and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.