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Thursday, June 02, 2011

BREAKING! Cardinal Burke Scandal



Cardinal Burke withdraws from London conference at last minute.
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Mystery surrounds the unexpected withdrawal of Cardinal Raymond Burke as the main speaker at a conference organised by Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice at Westminster Central Hall on June 18. - Source
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One can only speculate why, can't one.  I'm afraid there is quite a scandal waiting to happen here, Lady Hestor.
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Photo:  Cardinal Burke incognito.  It is a little known, often unspoken fact; the Cardinal slips about not wearing his usual red cassock, rochet, mozzetta, zuccheto, biretta, and cappa magna.  Again, one can only specualte why.  One source tries to explain that the cappa gets caught in the bus doors.
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What?

7 comments:

  1. There's a letter, from him, explaining his decision, here.

    http://www.proecclesia.com/page_newsflash.htm

    By the way, that information costs four english pounds Terry. No credit given. Cash payments only.

    Thank you and Goodnight.

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  2. Thanks Shadowlands - I'm just pretending anyway.

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  3. I mean let's say there's a western Cardinal, no names, who's had his fingers burned before and felt the need to apologise to a nation's bishops for things he oughta have said, in fact did say but then regretted saying them. And let's say it's easy to Google that. And let's say you're the type of person, say in another western country, say Northern European Outpostville, who is media savvy enough - I mean reeeeeallly reeeeally media savvy - to know this detail, store it up and consequently know of said Cardinal's fear of getting stung again in public and having to apologise to yet another nation's bishops. And let's say that meedja guru has a publicly stated axe against annoying Catholics with blogs and things (and let's say that he or she was famous for having coined an infamous term of disparagement against these pesky keyboardists) and was looking to slap them, especially as they appear to be too bootsy by having a Cardinal address them, one who may have a track record for having had to apologise to a nation's bishops. And let's say that this meedja guru, looking to spook the Cardinal into believing that he'd be facing "Nightmare on Apology Street II" if he went ahead with a public engagement in Northern European Outpostville, had a well connected friend. The sort of friend that the meedja guru had previously teamed-up with publicly in an operation in a major southern city of Northern European Outpostville, that looks every inch a "devout" Catholic front. And let's just say that the meedja guru's friend also belonged to another organisation with a track record of not liking the pesky keyboardists. And let's say that a prominent member of the organisation that the meedja guru's mate belongs to went to a conference within the last two weeks, in a northern part of the Northern European Outpostville, where, totally coincidentally, I mean really "wow, what a surprise to see you here!", the once-bitten Cardinal also happened to be. And let's say the Cardinal met this really devout person (the acquaintance of the pal of the meedja guru) and was warned about the dangers. I mean, I'm not suggesting that the acquaintance of the friend of the meedja guru would actually have said that "let's face it, Your Eminence, you've got form for having to apologise". But let's just say that the great unsaid hovered. To the point where the Cardinal backed out at the last minute from even saying anything he might ever have to apologise to a nation's bishops for. Again. Progress. Certainly since last time when he had to apologise for things he actually said. This time he doesn't say them and doesn't even have to apologise. Win win! And to conclude the whole conspiracy that would never happen anyway - let's just say that the trio of the Cardinal's ear whisperers (the conference attendee, the friend in organisation 1, and in turn the friend in organisation 2) were all savvy enough to know that no-one would suspect them of having been the ones to have kiboshed the pesky keyboardists' plans for having a Cardinal address them, because everybody would be too busy looking down Obvious Street, towards another very public camp (ahem) who were also sworn enemies of the rampant bloggerists (they have many). I mean not just enemies but absolutely pink with rage foes. The only problem is that the Cardinal said he spoke to "devout" Catholics and these other enemies of the bloggerists could never really be called "devout" by a Cardinal. But no-one seems to have noticed that. No worries, the trio remains confident. "Everyone still thinks it's them," said acquaintance to friend 1. "I know," said friend 1, "I must tell meedja guru that it's worked a treat." Meedja guru is laffin like a drain.

    I mean can I say all that? Let's.

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  4. Yikes. My head hurts from trying to read that. They can't make him apologize for having his own conference, can they?

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  5. Gregory - now how'd I know there was a scandal in this story?

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  6. Two things.

    1. Gregory: Can you email me the unredacted version of that theory? Seriously... my head hurts from drinking too many of LarryD's "Formula for a Night to Remember."

    2. Terry: That isn't even the Cardinal, that is Lee Iacocca.

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  7. I would, James, but I must already have been leant on during the night. You see, I can't even recall typing it now. It's quite the oddest thing. The whole thing seems to have been wiped from my memory banks and even my hard disk. What's here seems to be all that remains. Thank heavens. Quod scripsi sripsi and all that. I'll just have to work it all out myself now. I think I might start at the bottom of my crackpot theory (I mean, like, gah! what must I have been thinking? As if any of that could be true!) and work the events chronology backwards to see if they tie in, you know even slightly, with the some of the clues given in the letter of regret posted to the Cardinal from the UK as given in the original link.

    Really, someone needs to invent the internet and quick. Would make life so much more transparent and we wouldn't have any more of this skullduggery.

    Oh, there's the phone ringing...

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