2010-10-20

Wolves become superfluous

Last week Archbishop Cardinal-designate Raymond Burke addressed Human Life international with a speech that was not only directed at the faithful, but also specifically directed at our bishops.

"When shepherds of the flock are obedient to the magisterium entrusted to their exercise, then surely the numbers of the flock grow in obedience," he said. "If the shepherd isn't obedient, the flock easily gives way to confusion and error." Quoting the Prophet Zechariah, he said the shepherd can be "especially tempted" by the assaults of Satan who, "if he can strike him, the work of scattering the flock is made easy."

"Faith is first of all personal adherence of man to God," underlined Archbishop Burke, and recalled the words of a wise professor of canon law he knew who would often tell his classes: "Where there are problems of chastity, there are problems of obedience." Rebellion against the moral truth, Archbishop Burke noted, "is a rebellion against God and all that he teaches us."

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"When a person has culpably espoused and cooperated in gravely sinful acts, leading many into error and confusion over fundamental questions regarding respect for life and integrity of marriage and family, his repentance of such actions must also be public," Archbishop Burke added, referring to Catholic politicians who support abortion and same-sex marriage. ... He stressed that responsibility is "especially heavy" for political leaders.

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The "perennial discipline of the Church [has] prohibited the giving of Holy Communion or the granting of a Church funeral to those who persist after admonition in the grave violation of the moral law," he noted. "It is said that these disciplines which the Church has consistently observed down the centuries presume to pass judgment on eternal judgment of a soul, a judgment that belongs to God alone, and therefore can be abandoned."

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"A unity which is not founded on the truth of the moral law is not unity..."

See the Zenit article for more information.

The following videos were sparked off after the speech by Archbishop Raymond Burke, and provide some interesting insight.



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