Thursday, October 21, 2010
Cardinal Burke: The backlash?
Churchmen and their rivalries.
Fr. Z seems to be the first to mention it, citing the response from National Catholic Reporter in his post "NCR bitter about Cardinal Burke" which was also picked up by Pewsitters. Will more be forthcoming? Cardinal Burke has made some enemies - in high places mind you. Who will come out of the wood work next?
Cardinal Burke is not only a champion of the Extraordinary Form Mass and all things baroque, he has become something of a hero to faithful Catholics. He has also found himself at political odds with a fellow bishop or two, as well as liberal Catholics. While bishop of LaCrosse, Burke also became a patron of what many of his clerical critics describe as fringe religious communities, including a community of two teaching sisters, one of whom happened to be a transgendered male. That particular story became well known despite the fact the community was quickly disbanded - after a 'concerned' albeit 'devout' traditional Catholic woman went over Burke's head in a canonical complaint to the Vatican. The woman enthusiastically, but discreetly broadcast the details of her triumph in religious goods stores and at church donuts and coffee events throughout the area. The irony is that the whistle-blower and her audience were people who ought to have been Bishop Burke's closest allies! Now that he is named Cardinal, I'm sure they will claim to be just that, but you have to wonder - with friends like that, just imagine what his enemies will do.
As the most outspoken American bishop on moral and political issues affecting Catholics, it is only to be expected the new Cardinal will be scrutinized, vilified, and attacked. I think it is safe to say Cardinal Burke is very much in need of our prayers.
And maybe keep in mind that Cardinals do not wear the red for fashion.