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Cardinal Burke renews criticism of Cardinal Kasper’s proposal, interim synod report

November 07, 2014

In remarks made in recent days, Cardinal Raymond Burke emphasized his opposition to Cardinal Walter Kasper’s proposed to admit those who have remarried to Holy Communion.

In Vienna, Cardinal Burke discussed the origins of the book Remaining in the Truth of Christ, to which he and other prelates contributed.

At the recent synod, he said that the Magisterium’s teaching on marriage and family life was ignored, particularly in the week leading up to the release of the controversial interim report. “It was as if the Church was for the first time addressing the question of marriage and teaching about it, whereas the Church has both in her doctrine and in her discipline one of the richest appreciations of marriage you will find.”

The interim report was “one of the saddest documents that I could imagine ever coming from the Church,” he added, according to “Many of us were horrified with this idea that was presented in the report, that there could somehow be good elements in mortally sinful acts. This is impossible.”

“The Church's discipline can never be other than true to her doctrine,” he added. “Any kind of discussion which attempts to say, that the Church can uphold her teaching on marriage and the indissolubility of marriage and at the same time in her practice deny that truth – that simply is not Catholic, that won’t go. It is not acceptable.”

In an interview with journalist Edward Pentin, Cardinal Burke emphasized that he is not an opponent of Pope Francis.

“Certain media simply want to keep portraying me as living my life as an opponent to Pope Francis,” he said. “I am not at all.”


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  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Nov. 07, 2014 6:25 PM ET USA

    Surprising he said this in Vienna. Cdl Schoenborn's territory. The problem of divorce and remarriage is big in Austria. I do not think I have read a word from him yet.