I've got a bit of a beef today. It involves blog coverage and a specific article about a specific cardinal.
Over the past few days, some right-wing to Trad Behaving Badly blogs have been posting THIS article about every Traditionalist/Latin Mass goers' favourite Cardinal, Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke.
They LOVE this guy and idol worship him because they think he's an anti-thesis to the wishy-washy, spineless bishops out there and the current, "liberal" papacy of Pope Francis, the supposedly most anti-Traditionalist, fluffiest pope EVAH (credit to Fr. John Zuhlsdorf) this side of Vatican II. In addition he's one of the few Cardinals in our modern "Vatican II Church" to have celebrated a Pontifical Solemn Latin Mass and is pro-Latin Mass.
In a nutshell, I am disgusted with this article for a few reasons:
- While the original source is an Italian publication, The translated English source is the Trad Behaving Badly blog, Rorate Caeli. If you recall my last article on Jan 12th, where I highlighted an excellent analysis of the Trads Behaving Badly (TBBs) from Spike is Best, the author says this: "And just a friendly neighbourhood reminder: Rorate Caeli is the schismatic-but-without-the-guts-of-declaring-it blog that on the very heels - within minutes in fact - of the public declaration of the election of Pope Francis posted "The Horror" as their reaction, and did not offer any sort of apology stating their filial obedience to the Holy Pontiff. Thus, everything they post, write, disseminate, can be dismissed out of hand without second thought whatsoever, in the full comfortable knowledge that the neo-orthodoxy which they present is entirely floated."
- Being a TBB site, Rorate Caeli`s propaganda piece is another brick thrown at the windows of the Church. It promotes Radical Traditionalism through a good and noble prince of the Church, hijacking him like the liberals do with Pope Francis, but for their political TBB agenda. This does another dis-service for Traditional Catholics in both forms of the Roman Rite and/or Latin Mass attending Catholics.
- This is another intentional stab by these TBBs, who come dangerously close or do act sedevacantist, at our current Holy Father, Pope Francis, because he recently moved or "demoted" a number of the Benedict XVI elected/"Traditionalist" Cardinals from key positions in the Vatican Curia or councils, and has left Cardinal Burke with only one position vs, what he had before. The TBBs also relate this demotion and reorganization as an insult to another "God" of theirs, Benedict XVI, who is a considered a "saviour" of the Church in their minds(with exception to the SSPX and sedevacantists, who believe that the ``Modern Church`` is plagued no matter who's the Bishop of Rome), because he freed the Latin Mass from public scrutiny, as well as that they view these changes as the end of the Benedict XVI types of cardinals, and in with the "liberal" Francis types. Basically, it's further pitting Francis against Benedict, when for the most part, Francis has been supporting and been supported by His Holiness Emeritus, and has been seeking the Emeritus Vicar of Christ's counsel. What an insult!
- A real big beef to me: This is a slap in the face to the other good Cardinals/ Archbishops/bishops out there who ARE doing excellent work and even "smelling like the sheep" as Pope Francis wants us to do, but because they aren't super-trads or getting their photo taken with pro-lifers on the battlefield AND being gung-ho about the Latin Mass, they are not "true" princes of the church unlike others.
++Collins has publically in the Catholic (and secular media, supported the Traditional Latin Mass, even going so far as to instill a priest permanently in Scarborough after the FSSP mission went bunk. He has allowed both St. Lawrence AND the Oratorians of St. Phillip Neri to have their Latin Masses in the Archdiocese. Other dioceses in this world have ZERO Latin Masses, and bishops who hate or stonewall the Latin Mass, and like, em, other things like their prestige and the "Spirit of Vatican II." If he was a nasty liberal archbishop who was all Novus Ordo-y/"Spirit of Vatican II", there wouldn't have even been the indult Mass in my diocese pre-2007 when he took over after ++Ambrozic. or he would have banned the Oratorians/St. Lawrence from having the Latin Mass, completely ignoring Summorum Pontificum + Ecclesiae Unitatem. So compared to other dioceses in the world in the "modern, Francis-led Church", one could say we are miles ahead and blessed to have this Archbishop with regard to the Latin Mass. (who could become Pope one day, of only now 4 Canadian Cardinals ...). He DOES care about the Latin Mass, he just doesn't endorse the TBB elements hanging around, as he has indicated when he spoke last year for a Theology on Tap event to youth with the Sisters of St. Joseph, about groups in the Church being more Catholic and/or elitist that others, which is a barrier to discipleship.
Furthermore, My Eminence CONSISTENTLY, attends the Canadian national March For Life, which is held annually in May. He has been going to this for a number of years, and is known to the pro-life organizations as a pro-life bishop, alongside ... the newly-appointed Cardinal Lacroix. ++Collins even STOPPED the annual collection/payments to the questionable organization known as Development and Peace, who are known to have international partners that promote pro-abortion/contraception education and measures in other countries. Don't believe me? For the purposes of evidence to support why ++Collins would ban this collection check out the SoCon or Bust blog. Other dioceses in Canada .... not so much.
Might I also add that His Eminence has a profound respect and admiration for the young people of this Archdiocese? He makes the effort and time to see them, whether it is personally, or he GOES OUT to their events, such as the 808 community prayer and social group, and Theology on Tap nights for Young Adults, and has in past arranged for special spiritual events tied to lectures, such as the annual OCY Palm Sunday gathering. Being a young adult now involved in youth ministry, these are positive signs I look for in a prince of the Church. If that prince is not involving himself with the future of the Church, and yes, it also includes unemployed [or in a number of other's cases, underemployed] young people, then he clearly does not care much for his (arch)diocese, and the future of the Catholic Church.
So seeing an article like this, from a known TBB website, getting passed around the Internet by a number of conservative and TBB blogs, makes a Latin Mass liking, young practicing male Catholic, like me, royally cheesed off. An article like this, has no Joy of the Gospel in it, and if anything, is violating the first commandment, by putting a prince of the Church ahead of our Lord, Jesus Christ, while insulting his current Vicar all at once.
In addition, it's making the good bishops and archbishops of the world like My Eminence ++Collins, look like they are lazy and liberal, when the truth is the opposite. So what if they are not dressing in the cappa magna and holding Solemn Pontifical Masses. Does that make them any less valuable vs. ++Burke? NOT AT ALL. Thanks again for being sourpusses and spreading "Lent without Easter" again.
As for the rest of you, ``Keep Calm, and spread the Joy of the Gospel`` to paraphrase those products, and attend good Latin Mass communities who promote Traditional Catholicism in a positive light. Pax Tibi Christi, Julian Barkin.