Cardinal Raymond Burke is back in the news, this time for having published a lengthy letter wherein he weighed-in on the widely unmet spiritual needs of the faithful in light of COVID-19. As usual, he is once again receiving unqualified applause from neo-conservative Catholics, as well as some traditional types.
Don’t get me wrong, the majority of Burke’s comments are on point. It ends up, however, that the portion of the letter that is getting the most attention also happens to be the part that is most lacking in Catholic sense.
… prayer, devotions and worship, above all, Confession and the Holy Mass, are essential for us to remain healthy and strong spiritually, and for us to seek God’s help in a time of great danger for all. Therefore, we cannot simply accept the determinations of secular governments, which would treat the worship of God in the same manner as going to a restaurant or to an athletic contest.
So far so good, but then Cardinal Burke gets to his proposed solution to the present problem. With the civil authorities in numerous places having presumed to issue orders that severely restrict the pubic celebration of Holy Mass and, in some cases, effectively leading to its cancellation, Cardinal Burke advises:
We bishops and priests need to explain publicly the necessity of Catholics to pray and worship in their churches and chapels, and to go in procession through the streets and ways, asking God’s blessing upon His people who suffer so intensely.
We need to insist that the regulations of the State, also for the good of the State, recognize the distinct importance of places of worship, especially in time of national and international crisis. In the past, in fact, governments have understood, above all, the importance of the faith, prayer and worship of the people to overcome a pestilence.
The fact of the matter is that the “regulations of the State” do not apply to the salvific mission of the Church! She is eminently free to carry it out as she sees fit whether the State likes it or not. Why? Because it was given to her by Christ the King who reigns over all men, including those who exercise civil authority.
Even so, Cardinal Burke is essentially saying that we – priests and bishops in particular – must beg the civil authorities to allow for the public celebration of Holy Mass during this crisis. He also suggests that we would do well to remind them that the government, back in the day, was far more accommodating of the Church in the face of such challenges.
For this, Cardinal Burke is once again being placed on a pedestal.
An authentic Catholic response, however, would look quite different. Consider, for example, the words of Pope Leo XIII:
Wherefore, being, by the favor of God, entrusted with the government of the Catholic Church, and made guardian and interpreter of the doctrines of Christ, We judge that it belongs to Our jurisdiction, venerable brethren, publicly to set forth what Catholic truth demands of every one in this sphere of duty; thus making clear also by what way and by what means measures may be taken for the public safety in so critical a state of affairs. – Diuturnum, 1881
Get that? Regulations pertaining to “public safety” include more than just matters of temporal governance; they include mankind’s duty toward God, and on this note it belongs to the Church, not the State, to set the parameters.
Whatever, therefore in things human is of a sacred character, whatever belongs either of its own nature or by reason of the end to which it is referred, to the salvation of souls, or to the worship of God, is subject to the power and judgment of the Church … To wish the Church to be subject to the civil power in the exercise of her duty is a great folly and a sheer injustice. Whenever this is the case, order is disturbed, for things natural are put above things supernatural… – Immortale Dei, 1885
In other words, what priests and bishops really need to do is to make it perfectly plain to the civil authority that they are not the sole power on earth by which society is governed.
Following is the Letter of Pope Gelasius I to Emperor Anastasius in 494, widely referred to as “Duo Suit” (Latin for “There are two”). Fr. John Hardon, S.J. called this the most succinct expression of the Church’s mind on the civil power’s relationship with the ecclesial power and it remains the doctrine of the Church.
There are two, august Emperor, by which this world is chiefly ruled, namely, the sacred authority of the priests [the Church] and the royal power [civil authority]. Of these, that of the priests is weightier, since they have to render an account for even the kings of men in the divine judgment. You are also aware, most clement son, that while you are permitted honorably to rule over humankind, yet in divine matters you bend your neck devotedly to the bishops and await from them the means of your salvation.
In the reception and proper disposition of the heavenly sacraments, you recognize that you should be subordinate rather than superior to the religious order, and that in these things you depend on their judgment rather than wish to bend them to your will.
In many places, the civil authority has issued “orders” setting limits on the numbers of persons that are allowed to gather, even for Holy Mass. In the face of this, many Novus Ordo bishops have gone above and beyond what the civil power has ordered, deciding to cancel public Masses altogether.
Ironically, the conciliar bishops in these cases (never mind whether their decision is good or bad – I happen to think it’s reprehensible) are actually giving a better example (even if only inadvertently) of how the regulation of such things belongs to the ecclesial power alone than some traditional clerics (like Fr. Wegner, SSPX) who have pledged to follow government rulings.
The latter would give one who doesn’t know any better (and evidently very few do) to believe that the Church should submit to the State in matters such as these.
Truly, the world is being turned upside down.
This is not really surprising that the New Order submits to the state. They’re going to start a war with the state? Why would they do that? You are expecting the New Order to act like the Church and it’s never done that since it’s inception. What we should be shocked about is the Church not acting like the Church and electing a Pope. That does surprise me very much. It surprises me every day. I won’t ever stop being surprised by this. The Church must still exist so we really need to beg Her to elect a Pope. Church, I’m personally begging you to elect a Pope, please.
If Bergoglio were to resign or die during this “pandemic”, would the so-called Cardinals assemble for a conclave wearing masks and gloves? Would they be afraid to infect one another? They weren’t afraid to infect the world with a fake church. That would be interesting.
my2cents, they wouldn’t even hold the conclave.
Not that it matters, since the NO isn’t the Catholic Church, anyway, and therefore couldn’t elect a pope even if they wanted to.
Most of those men in Rome and the hierarchy are the false church. I don’t consider that I belong to the same church they do, and their pronouncements have no impact on me. I don’t put Cardinal Burke in that category, of course, but, even so, there is distance now. I take things with a grain.
I have no idea why God has permitted we be in this situation, although we surely deserve it, but as long as we are we consider we must now rely on the Rosary and faith alone. Francis Church isn’t going to do anything Catholic, we should not expect them to. They proved once again they are materialists, frightened for their own survival. We can rejoice the phony “field hospital” has been shown for what it was, a phony mirage used to try to destroy the true church, the supernatural one that will always exist. They can’t touch it.
The distinction has not been made that the Holy Mass still goes on in all states. When charts are made that say “No Mass” they are misleading, Mass has not ended, public Mass has ended. For Mass to be valid only a priest need be there. It does not seem to be capitulating to the state if the Holy Mass continues. If the people have the idea that the Mass has ended because the state has jurisdiction over the church, it is because it has not been properly explained nor disseminated that laity are not necessary for the Holy Mass to be held. If I were truly upset about it I would ask Father what time he is saying the Mass, then sit outside the church and hope for the consecration bells. I don’t know how others would feel but if I had my Missal with me I’d feel present at the Mass.
Personally I have no problem doing what I can to try to disrupt this virus. These are extraordinary times and there are too many voices in disagreement on all possible points. It feels like every man for himself.
The heretics running the institutional Church are an integral part of the NWO Satanic one world government.
GK Chesterton…… “courage is a desire to live accompanied by a willingness to die”
Ooooo… that’s a good quote. Thanks for that.
(updated). . . . HOMOSEXUALS, HIV and DISEASES
The American Government Legalized Homosexual Marriage.
The Center for Disease Control states that there are more than 700,000 homosexuals who are infected with HIV, within the United States. Some infected homosexuals also have sex with women, causing a more severe spreading of the disease.
Homosexual behavior also causes hepatitis, syphillas and numerous other diseases. Yet the American Government allows homosexuals to work in dentistry, restaurants, hospitals, children’s schools…
The Masonic American Government, awarded a group of people whose behavior spreads numerous, even deadly diseases, with licenses. The false Jew media produced ongoing propaganda for Gay Rights/ Marriage, obviously these organizations do not care about the health of Americans.
Almighty Father, strengthen us in Christ our Lord, our Love, our Life.