Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Archbishop Burke Slams 'Obstinate Betrayal' of Nuns, Catholic Health Association

This is a MUST READ article:
MUNDELEIN, Illinois, April 12, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Catholic consecrated religious who openly dissent from the authority of Rome and the church's teaching on life are "an absurdity of the most tragic kind" and should cease identifying themselves as Catholic, said Archbishop Raymond Burke, the head of Rome's Apostolic Signatura.

Burke gave the remarks in his keynote address Friday at the Institute for Religious Life’s national meeting at Mundelein Seminary in Illinois. The Institute also honored Burke with their Pro Fidelitate et Virtute Award at a celebration of the legacy of Servant of God Fr. John Hardon, SJ.
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"Who could imagine that consecrated religious would openly, and in defiance of the bishops as successors of the apostles, publicly endorse legislation containing provisions which violated the natural moral law in its most fundamental tenets – the safeguarding and promoting of innocence and defenseless life, and fail to safeguard the demands of the free exercise of conscience for health care workers?" Burke questioned.
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"Religious life lived in the heart of the Church, and for that reason religious congregations are, by their very nature, bound in strictest loyalty to the Roman Pontiff," he said. "It is of course an absurdity of the most tragic kind to have consecrated religious knowingly and obstinately acting against the moral law.

"The spiritual harm done to the individual religious who are disobedient and also the grave scandal caused to the faithful and people in general are of incalculable dimensions."

"Now is the time for us all, and in particular for consecrated persons to stand up for the truth and to call upon our fellow Catholics in leadership to do the same, or to cease identifying themselves as Catholics."
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Catawissa Gazetteer said...

It sure has been quiet here in the old archdiocese since he left. I do miss his combative style and his ability to stand up loud and proud for the truth.

I wonder if he is laying the groundwork for formal action against these schismatic religious orders. I would love to see Rome begin to crack down in a serious way against all Catholics, lay and religious, that claim to be part of the faith while doing everything they can to destroy it.

If you want to belong to the club you've got to follow the rules. How many more would return or convert if the vocal minority were removed? The truth is a magnet.

Sister Marie said...

You are absolutely right in calling these religious the "vocal minority." I often say that the voices of dissent are the loudest ones. Unfortunately, not everyone realizes that they are a minority.