As I write, it has been exactly one year to the day since the Dubia was delivered to Francis. Since then, he has refused to provide a formal response. (Though it must be said yet again that he has responded in any number of other unmistakable ways as documented in this space many times.)
Toward the end of 2016, Cardinal Burke indicated that the long-awaited “formal act of correction” would first take place in camera caritatis – that is, in private.
Francis, however, has refused to grant an audience to the Dubia’s authors. (As of today, that means the two that presently remain alive following the… shall we say… unexpected deaths of Cardinals Meisner and Caffara.)
When asked about the formal act of correction in an August 2017 interview with the Wanderer, Cardinal Burke said:
The question is asked, “How would this be done?” It is done very simply by a formal declaration to which the Holy Father would be obliged to respond.
The most noteworthy part of this statement, in my view, concerns the obligatory nature of the declaration.
This would seem to suggest that it will include an “invitation” for Francis to clearly affirm the true doctrine of the faith (relative to the five questions in the Dubia) along with a statement formally declaring the consequences of his failure to do so; either by outright denial or refusal.
And what would those consequences be?
In December of 2016, Cardinal Burke said:
If a Pope would formally profess heresy he would cease, by that act, to be the Pope. It’s automatic.
Putting together all that has been said thus far…
If, indeed, the “formal declaration” includes an invitation (more properly, a demand) to affirm the true faith as described above, then Francis’ failure to do so would be the very definition of “professing formal heresy.” As such, the consequences would be, according to Cardinal Burke’s own statement, that Francis “would cease, by that act, to be the Pope.”
Sounds logically consistent, no? Then again, as I’ve noted many times, Cardinal Burke’s statements on the matter have been anything but consistent.
At this point, it may be more reasonable to expect Cardinals Burke and Brandmuller to meet with an untimely death than it is any “formal declaration.”
At the end of 2016, I made a prediction:
– The cardinal-authors of the dubia will make the “formal act of correction” publicly known
– They will not do so in the context of declaring that Francis has judged himself a formal heretic and has thus sentenced himself to the loss of office, much less will they proceed with the calling of a conclave
– They will not do so even in the context of condemning Amoris Laetitia
– They will, however, make public the formal act of correction as if only to provide an “authentic interpretation” of Amoris Laetitia by addressing what Cardinal Burke has called “the confusing statements” therein (not the blasphemies and heresies); thus leaving its author, Anti-Pope Francis, free to continue his assault on the Holy Catholic Church
– When pressed to explain, they will claim to be exercising care for the unity of the Church; avoiding a formal schism
Let’s hope and pray that this prediction is wrong, and that the “formal declaration to which the Holy Father would be obliged to respond” actually happens, and what’s more, has some teeth.
This whole dubia has been nothing but a side show. How is it possible for traditional catholics to put any trust in Burke the modernist heretic. For every accusatuon Burke can make against Bergolio in reference to AL, we can make against Burke in reference to V2. Yet because Burke likes to wear a Magna Cappa, many trads turn a blind eye. This should not be a case of the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Burke and Bergolio are different wings of the same heretical sect. Enough of this dubia nonsense already.
The Dubia, answered or not, isn’t going to change anything. Let’s stop kicking a dead horse.
Maybe Cardinal Burke and Francis are ” in Cahoots” ,just to throw off Traditional Catholic. They seem to be falling for it.
no correction to be made with this fellow, did not the cardinal say that more extreme measures would be taken if the pope didn’t respond to their request. But since he the cardinal attempts to link Fatima with Vat II in a ecumenical way, how can one weight in on such a development? Not a chance of happening.
Louie, if what you wrote about Cardinal Burke saying what he said about Bergoglio persisting in his heresies, then Bergoglio is no longer pope (if he ever was). That said, Burke, being the canonist that he is, will, undoubtedly, now proclaim that “The Church” must issue a public proclamation that Bergoglio no longer possesses the Petrine office. Now, is not that a “Catch-22?”
Good Tuesday morning Al The Silent Crusader,
There can be no “correction” in Truth, as these men are not of God. What we are viewing is the summa and summit of deception, Lucifer’s grandest scheme, never to be repeated again, in the midst of this, the Great Apostasy. This is the time where the lie is received as though it actually is the truth, by virtue of receiving the Supernatural, “operation of error”, and this reception writ large. It is enveloping essentially all, but not all of the Baptized, the world over, in this web of Luciferian deception. Bergoglio, Jorge from hell as “Francis”, is the “bad cop” and Burke (et al.) is the “good cop”. Both pose as men of the Church of Jesus the Christ and this is the reality as deception. The reality as Reality is that all of this facade, that which identifies itself as the “conciliar church”, all of the buildings and all of the garb from the Vatican and throughout the entire world, is a MIRROR IMAGE of Christ’s True Church. In the mirror image, “right is left” and “left is right”, as you face the mirror and your image faces you. This is what we see in the “conciliar church”, while at once everything “appears to be” true, it is as it can only be in utter reality as Reality, the OPPOSITE of the real Church, as it is the true Church’s reflection.
This is now the time where, it is as if Noah is constructing the Ark, but instead of 40 years, it has now been 59. In that time of Noah, as Tom A has recently reminded us, God allowed every human person inhabitant on this earth to perish, but for 8. People today, as then, continue to marry and carry on to be, as though nothing has changed, just as in the time of the Deluge. The stark as utter difference though in our time, is that we live after the glorious Redemption of the Son of God made Man. In the very spite of that, as we marry and carry on to be in our time, as never before in the history of the world, we codify in man’s law—man “wedded” to man and woman “wedded” to woman. Do you think we have a higher price to pay? Hence the “operation of error” is sent by Almighty God, at our behest and not in accordance with His Will, as we embrace iniquity because we do not have zeal nor do we have love for the Truth, Who Is a Divine Person, Jesus the Christ, Son of the Living God. Hosanna, Hosanna, Emmanuel, God within us. Amen. Alleluia. I pray this helps. In caritas.
Burke and the other guy have likely been intimidated. The Italian Press has revealed that their phones are tapped and there have been obvious gestures to them that they are being spied on by the Vatican.
I believe Vox Cantoris said it best. Given the timely passing away of two of them in short order, it’s probably best they get poison tasters.