In the previous post, I posed the following rhetorical question in relation to Cardinal Burke’s commentary concerning the Third Secret of Fatima and the consecration of Russia, such as they had been reported by LifeSite News:
Is this man even capable of speaking plainly?
Well, it ends up that the answer is yes he can, and in fact, he did.
Voice of the Family recently published the full text of Cardinal Burke’s talk, and it is now evident that the LifeSite News report failed to include two highly relevant quotes.
How and why these quotes were overlooked isn’t nearly as important as the duty that I now have to amend my previous comments in light of them.
First, the quotes offered in yesterday’s LifeSite News report concerning the consecration of Russia (as I wrote) left one to believe that Cardinal Burke was unclear; as if perhaps to suggest that Our Lady’s request “is not just for once” but must be taken up “once again.”
Incidentally, I am not the only one who read the reported quotes this way. In reading comments today, I came across the following left on a priest friend’s social media by a confused layman:
“[Cd. Burke’s] reasoning is perfect, because it acknowledges what Pope St. John Paul II did, but, in tune with the sensibility of the faithful, asks for it to be repeated, which is not unreasonable.”
This is the sort of confusion that is to be expected where clarity is lacking and is left unaddressed.
As it is, however, Cardinal Burke was very clear. In addition to what was reported yesterday, he also said:
“In fact, the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary did not take place, as she requested.”
No inference or spin is necessary based on this quote. As I wrote yesterday, either the consecration of Russia was done, or it wasn’t, and clearly Cardinal Burke is declaring that it was not.
Yesterday, I also questioned whether or not Cardinal Burke was suggesting that “the Vatican orchestrated a magnificent lie concerning the Third Secret on the watch of John Paul the Great Ecumenist with the help of his faithful sidekick Josef Ratzinger?”
While he stopped well short of using those words, he did, in fact, speak far more clearly on the matter than was previously reported, saying:
“I now return to the third part of the Secret or Message of Fatima. Without entering into a discussion regarding whether the third part of the Secret has been fully revealed, it seems clear from the most respected studies of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, that it has to do with the diabolical forces unleashed upon the world in our time and entering into the very life of the Church which lead souls away from the truth of the faith and, therefore, from the Divine Love flowing from the glorious pierced Heart of Jesus.”
Could this have been worded more strongly still?
Sure, but it is noteworthy indeed that Cardinal Burke is publicly acknowledging that the Third Secret contains something far more than was published.
In essence, he is saying that it has not been fully revealed, but the venue in which he was speaking was not the place to enter into that fray more directly.
Will he enter it more directly at another time? I pray that he will.
While I am fairly certain that Cardinal Burke does not read these pages, and even more certain still that he isn’t terribly concerned about my opinion, I am pleased to extend a sincere apology to Cardinal Burke for the undeserved criticism that I leveled against him yesterday.
I should have waited until the full transcript was published before commenting.
I encourage you to read that transcript for yourself. What you will find is that it is far from perfect (e.g., it pays way too much homage to John Paul II who oversaw the deception that Cardinal now tacitly acknowledges), but the important point for now is what he did get absolutely correct:
– The consecration was not done.
– The Third Secret warns of a diabolical infiltration of the Church.
Please note: Cardinal Burke’s reference to “the most respected studies of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima,” whether he intends it as such or not, is an indication of the debt owed to Fr. Nicholas Gruner, who in his lifetime endured all manner of unfair criticism for faithfully promoting the true Fatima message.
Some of that criticism came from Cardinal Burke, who apparently knows more today than he did when he blithely dismissed men like Fr. Gruner and his important work as mere “distractions.”
With this in mind, I still believe that Fr. Gruner is owed an apology, or at the very least, he deserves to be acknowledged for his invaluable contributions as the Apostle of Fatima.
If not for him, there is a good chance that Cardinal Burke’s eyes, and the eyes of countless others (including my own), never would have been opened to the extent they are now.
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