Cardinal Burke lays down the law on contraception April 10, 2012Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, persecution, scandals, Society.
Well……he is the head of the Apostolic Signatura, the “highest court” in the Church, so, yes, he does lay down the law. Lifesitenews quotes a new interview of Burke which will run on EWTN this week, wherein the good Cardinal notes the obvious, but most important point – the HHS Mandate isn’t just about “religious freedom,” or “rights of conscience,” it’s about being opposed to material cooperation with evil (I add some emphasis below).
Thomas McKenna: “It is beautiful to see how the faithful have rallied behind the Hierarchy….How does your Eminence comment on the union of solidarity of our bishops?”
Cardinal Burke: “Yes, I have received emails and other communications from lay faithful who say that they are supporting their bishops 100% and they have communicated to their bishops their gratitude and assured them that they want them to continue to be courageous and not to be deceived by any kind of false accommodations which in fact continue this same kind of agenda which sadly we have witnessed for too long in our country which is totally secular and therefore is anti-life and anti-family. I admire very much the courage of the bishops. At the same time I believe they would say it along with me that they are doing no more than their duty. A bishop has to protect his flock and when any individual or government attempts to force the flock to act against conscience in one of its most fundamental precepts then the bishops have to come to defend those who are entrusted to their pastoral care. So I am deeply grateful to all of the bishops who have spoken about this and who are encouraging the members of their flock to also speak up because our government needs to understand that what is being done with this mandate is contrary first of all to the fundamental human right, the right to the free exercise of one’s conscience and at the same time contrary to the very foundation of our nation.”
Thomas McKenna: “So a Catholic employer, really getting down to it, he does not, or she does not provide this because that way they would be, in a sense, cooperating with the sin…the sin of contraception or the sin of providing a contraceptive that would abort a child, is this correct?”
Cardinal Burke: “This is correct. It is not only a matter of what we call “material cooperation” in the sense that the employer by giving this insurance benefit is materially providing for the contraception but it is also “formal cooperation” because he is knowingly and deliberately doing this, making this available to people. There is no way to justify it. It is simply wrong.”
Rorate Caeli reported over Holy Week on the antics of a bishop in Brazil who derides – and I mean derides – all things not of that illusory spirit of Vatican II, and who made some really harsh comments about those who think sin does exist and not everyone goes to Heaven. The reason I mention this, is that it is important to understand that as much as we love our bishops, pray for them, and pray and hope they will always do right and defend the Faith, there are those who seem to have some………..difficulty……….doing so. And I think Cardinal Burke was expressing that above, in a sense, that what we have seen with the defense of the rights of the Church by the bishops of late, which has so energized faithful Catholics and gladdened their hearts, is really what should always be the status quo. Yes, let’s be happy for the defense, but also note that there are myriad other areas where such stalwart leadership is needed.