Ever since progressive Pope Francis was elected, there has been an deafening silence on the part of orthodox cardinals and bishops. They would always find a way of explaining away the pope’s comments and actions that were undermining the Catholic faith. It seemed that no one wanted to break rank or file and look bad by criticizing the super popular pope.
We may want to say, that what finally happened Thursday at the Synod, was a miracle. The pope and his powerful friends have been in charge of manipulating the data gathered by the questionnaires from dioceses all over the world. They had the power over who was invited to speak and what information was to be let out to the press. But finally, somehow the orthodox cardinals and bishops spoke up and were heard.
An example of what happened is what Cardinal Burke said in an interview, (who has been ousted from the Supreme Tribunal by the pope). In this statement, he is playing it safe by not naming Pope Francis, but is clearly referring to him.
“The pope, more than anyone else as the pastor of the universal church, is bound to serve the truth, “The pope is not free to change the church’s teachings with regard to the immorality of homosexual acts or the insolubility of marriage or any other doctrine of the faith.”
Why are the cardinals and bishops so afraid to say such an obvious truth that has been know by Catholics from the beginning. But it just shows the toxic environment in the Vatican that we are living under.
Here is what Cardinal Burke said about his demotion: “I very much have enjoyed and have been happy to give this service, so it is a disappointment to leave it. On the other hand, in the church as priests, we always have to be ready to accept whatever assignment we’re given. And so I trust, by accepting this assignment, I trust that God will bless me, and that’s what’s in the end most important.”
Our prayers must be for those orthodox cardinals and bishops to stick together and to stop the purging of them by the current administration under the support of the pope. But, as we see in the case of Cardinal Burke, he is out. What can be done, nothing. But the power of God is still operative and we may be in for some surprises.
As a liberal Catholic, before my conversion, I was privy to much of the manipulation behind the scenes in dioceses to get rid of or silence orthodox priests and religious. I have seen it first hand ever since. The progressives do have almost all the power at every level in the Catholic Church (parishes, dioceses and bishops conferences).
They have their power here and now, in this world. They get their way for a short time, (in comparison to eternity). But after death, God has His way. There is no manipulation of God.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.