The Roman Catholic Church is like “a ship without a rudder”.
These are the words of American Cardinal Raymond Burke. He is the former archbishop of St. Louis, and has emerged as the face of the opposition to Pope Francis’ reformist agenda.
Cardinal Burke likened the Roman Catholic Church to “a ship without a rudder” in a fresh attack on the pope’s leadership.
In an interview with the Spanish Catholic weekly Vida Nueva, published Thursday (Oct. 30), Burke insisted he was not speaking out against the pope personally but raising concern about his leadership.
“Many have expressed their concerns to me. At this very critical moment, there is a strong sense that the church is like a ship without a rudder,” Burke said.
“Now, it is more important than ever to examine our faith, have a healthy spiritual leader and give powerful witness to the faith.”
Burke is the current head of the Vatican’s highest court known as the Apostolic Signatura, but he said recently he is about to be demoted. There is speculation he will be made patron of the Order of Malta, a largely ceremonial post.
“I have all the respect for the Petrine ministry and I do not want to seem like I am speaking out against the pope,” he said in the interview. “I would like to be a master of the faith, with all my weaknesses, telling a truth that many currently perceive.”
“They are feeling a bit seasick because they feel the church’s ship has lost its way,” he added.
Burke has expressed an uncompromising stance on keeping the ban on Communion for Catholics who divorce and remarry without an annulment, and is one of five conservative cardinals who aired their views in a new book, “Remaining in the Truth of Christ,” released on the eve of the bishops’ blockbuster synod in early October.
When the synod signaled a more welcoming tone to gay and lesbian Catholics, Burke publicly accused the global gathering of bias and was among those who pushed for a less conciliatory approach in the final report. Burke had previously said that Catholic families should not expose children to the “evil” of homosexuality by inviting a gay son home for Christmas with his partner.
Source: The Hufftington Post
Hey, this is not a grandmother. It is Cardinal Raymond Burke. Believe it or not.
He might be right in his criticism of Pope Francis. But when he dress up in female cloths, and look like he is a member of a back street gay club, his words against homosexuality makes him a hypocrite. Men should talk like a man. dress up like a man and be a man.
“A bishop should be “the husband of one wife” and “one who ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection”.
Rome erroneously bans their priests from marrying. When you move in direct confrontation with the Scriptures, you will obviously become an attractive religious institution for gays, pedophiles and perverts.
The best thing about Burke’s criticism of the Pope, is that there seem to be fire inside this ship of fools. The Vatican armada may be large. But the sailors have shipwrecked their faith, and made a mockery out of true Christianity. Both by their twisting of the Word of God, and certainly by this kind of silly dress code.
Written by Ivar