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More Truth from Cardinal Burke

by Christopher A. Ferrara
January 9, 2015

In my last column I noted that Cardinal’s Burke’s demotion by Pope Francis has apparently freed him to speak more openly about the crisis in the Church no doubt foretold in that part of the Third Secret which, as Antonio Socci puts it, remains “well hidden” in the Vatican.  In another interview since his demotion, the good Cardinal tackles the subject of the “feminization” of the Church following Vatican II. His candor distinguishes him from virtually every other current member of the College of Cardinals.

The Cardinal begins by remarking “the radical feminism which has assaulted the Church and society since the 1960s” has “strongly influenced the Church, leading the Church to constantly address women’s issues at the expense of addressing critical issues important to men.”  The resulting crisis of masculinity, he continues, “has been made much worse by a complete collapse of catechesis in the Church,” which involves “a very fluffy, superficial kind of catechetical approach to the question of human sexuality and the nature of the marital relationship.” 

This, of course is precisely what we saw on display at the disastrous “Synod on the Family” with its disgraceful “midterm report” calling upon the Church to appreciate “positive elements” in civil marriage and cohabitation and to “value” the “homosexual orientation” — the same document Cardinal Burke courageously condemned after the Synod’s controllers (handpicked by Pope Francis) attempted to foist it upon the assembly.

But the Cardinal is just warming up.  Next he notes the problem of feminization at the very heart of the life of the Church — in the sacred liturgy: “Apart from the priest, the sanctuary has become full of women. The activities in the parish and even the liturgy have been influenced by women and have become so feminine in many places that men do not want to get involved.”

Hence the vocation crisis that has marked the Church since the New Mass was introduced. The Cardinal’s words are a bombshell that explodes the complacency of the post-Vatican II liturgical status quo, with its “liturgical renewal” that is actually an unprecedented liturgical destruction with calamitous consequences for the Church’s common good and the welfare of souls.

And the Cardinal does not hesitate to identify Ground Zero of this ecclesial earthquake: “The rampant liturgical experimentation after Vatican II, much of which was not sanctioned by Vatican II, stripped the Rite of the Mass of much of its careful articulation of the Sacred Mysteries that had been developed over centuries. The Mass seemed to become something very familiar, performed by men; the profound supernatural sense of the Sacred Mystery became obscured.”  That a prominent Cardinal has leveled such an indictment against the state of the new liturgy is an event whose importance cannot be overestimated.

There is much more in this interview to read and appreciate. Suffice it to note that it is now clear that Cardinal Burke recognizes his duty, as a Prince of the Church, to sound the alarm about an ecclesial crisis that shows no signs of abating but rather appears to entering a new, and possibly terminal, stage.  Not terminal in the sense that the Church would cease to exist, which is impossible, but rather in the sense that God Himself will intervene, finally, to bring this madness to an end.

That divine intervention will necessarily involve fulfillment of the Message of Fatima: “In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph.” The question is: What will be left of the commonwealth of the Church, and of our increasingly rebellious world, when that triumph finally takes place? Recall here the visional aspect of the Third Secret published by the Vatican in 2000, with its depiction of the destroyed city and the “Holy Father” who is executed by soldiers on a hill outside the city. May Our Lady of Fatima preserve us from the chastisement the vision foretells.