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Debunking the Washington Post’s Creepy Cardinal Burke Conspiracy

On 9 February, the Washington Post ran a disgraceful and bizarre opinion piece designed to join the burgeoning propaganda efforts to link Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke to U.S. presidential adviser Stephen Bannon and President Donald Trump’s White House. From that alliance, the story goes, Bannon, through Burke, is plotting to bring the Trump administration into a conflict with Pope Francis.

The Post opinion piece is linked here. There there have been several other similar “news” stories run over the last several days at major outlets, including on the NPR website.

The point of this obviously coordinated campaign is entirely unclear. The Washington Post piece is especially incoherent and mendacious. Thus, we should briefly review the charges lodged therein against Cardinal Burke.

Count 1: Cardinal Burke is a friend and partisan of Stephen Bannon because Burke serves on the board of advisers of a group, Dignitatis Humanae, run by a man who has written a few opinion pieces on, a website formerly run by Bannon. Get it?

The writer fails to mention that the board of advisers consists of several cardinals, including liberals Cormac Murphy-O’Connor and Peter Turkson, a man who has run around the world promoting the pope’s climate agenda.

Bannon’s formal or informal affiliation with the group is not explained, nor is there any evidence that Burke even knows Bannon.

Count 2: Cardinal Burke supports alleged Benito Mussolini fan Matteo Silvini, an Italian politician with whom the writer claims Burke held “a long meeting.” To support the claim, the writer cites an Italian newspaper report that Silvini was at the Vatican recently and may have met with Burke, but no one confirmed that the meeting actually occurred. So, as you see, Cardinal Burke is a partisan of the Fascist Party.

Count 3: Cardinal Burke is engaged in “bellicose anti-Islam rhetoric” that may lead to the rise of a new Hitler in Europe. Evidence offered: a link to a USA Today story about Bannon’s supposed views of Muslims. Evidence of Burke’s Koran-burning rallies: zero.

Count 4: Cardinal Burke said something nice about Vladimir Putin. Yes, Cardinal Burke said in an interview that he agrees with Putin’s supposed defense of traditional marriage and family life and refused to foreclose the possibility of Putin’s conversion. Let’s hear it for the Year of Mercy!

The readers of the Washington Post should know this: Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke is a hero to thousands and thousands of Catholics around the world. In the face of constant abuse and calumny, this mild-mannered Midwesterner has stood fast by the constant and unchanging doctrinal teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. His principal crime is that he wishes to clearly express these teachings without the shamefaced obfuscation that has led so many to disregard them.

And Cardinal Burke is, of course, the most prominent and unapologetic proponent of the priceless treasure that is the Church’s traditional Sacred Liturgy. For this alone, he deserves the gratitude of the entire body of the faithful, but he has instead earned the scorn of the misguided and foolish clerics who loathe their own Tradition.

He is a shepherd to the flock, whereas so many of his brother bishops have thrown down their crooks to mill about as sheep, buffeted here and there by the modernist secular world and scattered, as the Apostles before Calvary, by a crackpot papacy.

I, a humble layman, rise to his defense on this day, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

131 thoughts on “Debunking the Washington Post’s Creepy Cardinal Burke Conspiracy”

  1. I think it was the New York Times that had a similar piece indicating Bannon’s strong influence or some other idiotic drivel over Cardinal Burke… and also kept calling him Mr. Burke which I found incredibly disrespectful. Or is this the same article? I’m a little to agitated to go read another screed to check it out.

  2. The entire main stream press of the entire western world is mendacious filth controlled and run by the Dead Sea Pedestrians. They are a menace to the whole world says Saint Paul. When the entire world goes up in flames, the fault will be two-fold: those unfaithful Catholic prelates who allowed themselves to dance with the devil over centuries, and those committers of deicide who still hate Christ and His Church

  3. Francis is feeling the heat. He was ready to align himself to the Progressivist Clinton Administration, and when Trump won he was left hanging. That the heart of the progressivist media is willing to beat for him, is quite damning of both parties(Hillary and Francis). I fully support any Cardinal who holds Francis’ feet to the fire. As to the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes, my family and I have been praying a Novena preparing for the Feast Day, and will watch “Song of Bernadette” today to remind us of the day Mary revealed that she is “The Immaculate Conception” to Bernadette Soubirous, and thus the entire Church, in the spring of 1858.

      • Hi Marcellus – Then I will be in the 5% who remains with Jesus Christ and the Words He spoke, not those who contradict Him. 95% in Apostasy sounds a little high, but, Jesus returns for a reason.

        • Marcellus seems unaware that numbers are the domain of the devil. God can do with one what the devil couldn’t do with a legion. Likewise truth is not a democratic process.

          • Hi RM – He should also investigate the meaning of the word – Remnant. Making claims of being in the majority is not the wish of those who seek to remain in the remnant. The Word or the world, choose one, because you can’t choose both.

          • This is the First Epistle Of Saint Peter (i.e. the second encyclical of the Church [with footnotes] – M):

            | Chapter 3 | next >
            01 02 03 04 05

            How wives are to behave to their husbands. What ornaments they are to seek. Exhortations to divers Virtues.

            [1] In like manner also let wives be subject to their husbands: that if any believe not the word, they may be won without the word, by the conversation of the wives. [2] Considering your chaste conversation with fear. [3] Whose adorning let it not be the outward plaiting of the hair, or the wearing of gold, or the putting on of apparel: [4] But the hidden man of the heart in the incorruptibility of a quiet and a meek spirit, which is rich in the sight of God. [5] For after this manner heretofore the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection to their own husbands:

            [6] As Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters you are, doing well, and not fearing any disturbance. [7] Ye husbands, likewise dwelling with them according to knowledge, giving honour to the female as to the weaker vessel, and as to the co-heirs of the grace of life: that your prayers be not hindered. [8] And in fine, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, being lovers of the brotherhood, merciful, modest, humble: [9] Not rendering evil for evil, nor railing for railing, but contrariwise, blessing: for unto this are you called, that you may inherit a blessing. [10] For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile.

            [11] Let him decline from evil, and do good: let him seek after peace and pursue it: [12] Because the eyes of the Lord are upon the just, and his ears unto their prayers: but the countenance of the Lord upon them that do evil things. [13] And who is he that can hurt you, if you be zealous of good? [14] But if also you suffer any thing for justice’ sake, blessed are ye. And be not afraid of their fear, and be not troubled. [15] But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being ready always to satisfy every one that asketh you a reason of that hope which is in you.

            [16] But with modesty and fear, having a good conscience: that whereas they speak evil of you, they may be ashamed who falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. [17] For it is better doing well (if such be the will of God) to suffer, than doing ill. [18] Because Christ also died once for our sins, the just for the unjust: that he might offer us to God, being put to death indeed in the flesh, but enlivened in the spirit, [19] In which also coming he preached to those spirits that were in prison: [20] Which had been some time incredulous, when they waited for the patience of God in the days of Noe, when the ark was a building: wherein a few, that is, eight souls, were saved by water.

            [19] Spirits that were in prison: See here a proof of a third place, or middle state of souls: for these spirits in prison, to whom Christ went to preach, after his death, were not in heaven; nor yet in the hell of the damned: because heaven is no prison: and Christ did not go to preach to the damned.

            [21] Whereunto baptism being of the like form, now saveth you also: not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the examination of a good conscience towards God by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. [22] Who is on the right hand of God, swallowing down death, that we might be made heirs of life everlasting: being gone into heaven, the angels and powers and virtues being made subject to him.

            [21] Whereunto baptism: Baptism is said to be of the like form with the water by which Noe was saved, because the one was a figure of the other.

            [21] Not the putting away: As much as to say, that baptism has not its efficacy, in order to salvation, from its washing away any bodily filth or dirt; but from its purging the conscience from sin, when accompanied with suitable dispositions in the party, to answer the interrogations made at that time, with relation to faith, the renouncing of Satan with all his works; and the obedience to God’s commandments.

            Source: Douay-Rheims Bible Online

          • A wonderful reminder, from our first Pope, that women’s modesty and obedience are not signs of denigration and abuse, but are the very qualities we admire so much in the Most Holy Theotokos — the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary. How often do we see even Catholic women at Mass, dressed shamefully in a way that corresponds more to the Jezebel spirit than to that of our Blessed Mother. The world has penetrated the Church with its salacious fashions, as Our Lady warned the Fatima children.

          • No, there can be a Pope Judas. Since we know that Jorge rejects the 2,000 year Teachings of the Church, the Sacred Scriptures and previous Pope’s documents, then we know that Francis is a Pope Judas!

          • And the Church in Africa to which I belong has completely ignored Francis’s fake agenda of mercy because he has chosen the dying German Church over Jesus Christ! The heat is much more from Africa and Eastern Europe than even North America. We must pray to the Lord that this period of trial such not last for long.

      • Dear Marcelus,
        Apparently you really believe that numbers matter. It is a common theme in your posts. Perhaps you are part of this propaganda machine that is obviously desperate and falling apart. Do I dare say you’re in panic mode? The other thing your ilk doesn’t understand is that no matter how many times you repeat the same lie, it will never become the truth. It is never to late to follow Our Lord, why not surrender to the Truth? Our Lady of Lourdes, ora pro nobis.

        • As a matter of fact, trads are the first to speak about numbers: 4 cardinals, one bishop, “thousands” of “faithful” catholics,, a category btw unknown in the rest of the catholic world.And cheer and get hyped up when the KOM would “overthrow” the Pope, and in one week later they “surrendered”? While the rest . the vast rest, of the RCC , unlearned and unworthy to your eyes? maybe, stared scratching theirs heads saying: who are these people? But when you “lose” you result to sticking anonymous posters criying out for mercy. Like little children who, play with fire and when you get burned cry it was not supposed to happen that way. Put it this way, even the SSPX are on their way back. So , in short , you will have to get used to many many years of Popes like Francis, or the one who will come after. Poli.(remember that name)The barque sails on. In truth, Francis does not care nor consider trads as a force to be reckoned with. He said it many times, and based on …. numbers… yes again, he is correct. Not mocking you, just stating what I think, for I am not what you call a lib, in any case Chaput said cons and lins are not catholic terms.honestly, Crdlk Burke right or wrong, failed to get support from anyone in Rome or elsewhere, Except Fr Z and OP5 and CMTV and maybe a few more. The correction? what ever happened to that? Or is it like the KOM thing.?

          • No one is overthrowing the pope. Francis has failed in reigniting the Church in Western Europe and North America. Instead of preaching the gospel, he is chasing faithful Catholics. Little wonder that nothing has changed in Italy and Germany. Instead, they are dying. The Church in Eastern Europe has chosen to ignore him. Same with the African Church. Marcelus do not forget that Paul corrected Peter, and that at the Jerusalem Council Peter took a position that contradicted his own views. But who can correct Francis today? He dismisses priests from Congregations and then pretends he loves criticisms. He suffers from an inferiority complex and loves a personality cult.

          • Good luck with that. Europeans will be reciting the qran in less than 20 years.And not because of PF. North America?? 30 millions Catholics in the USA? The catholic population of a small LAtam country.The only one is eastern Europe, not exactly EE but close who despises the HF is Scheinder.Africa? like in football, still a promise…

          • I thought you were just telling us we’re irrelevant “trads” you Novus Ordo heretic! Now you’re admitting that your Satanic Novus Ordo Church is dying?
            Bergoglio is an idiot which is why he ignores the only remaining successful catholic communities. Your Novus Ordo parishes are always dens of heretics and apostates just like Bergoglio’s Vatican.

          • Just like any of Satan’s minions, after his usefulness has diminished, will be left desperate and confused. Poor Marcelus doesn’t see that he is the one playing with fire.

          • No need to respond here further. Marcellus will find it very difficult to post again, at least under that name. I hit him with the Anathema Stick (aka ban hammer.)

          • No cheering, only sorrow in watching Our Lord’s Church go through her passion as God allows a despicable heretic whose responsibity it is to defend Tradition follow Satan instead and drag souls to hell. But just like Satan, will be crushed by Our Lady. What your side fails to realize is that the battle is already won and those consecrated to the Immaculate Heart will share in the glorious victory. Never too late, Gabriel.

          • “like little children who play with fire and…get burned”

            A metaphor for someone unaware of the danger of a given situation. Well, at least we’re agreed that this is the most dangerous pontificate in history.

      • Marcelus, what type of Peter is Pope Francis? Neither Peter nor any other Pope in history persecuted so vigorously saintly and orthodox men such as Cardinal Burke, nor did another other Pope ever engage in the constant verbal attacks Pope Francis launches against authentic orthodox Catholics, while elevating and praising notorious heretical prelates (Daneels, Kasper, McElroy, Cupich) and theologians (Haring, Boff).

      • And the Church in Africa to which I belong has completely ignored Francis’s fake agenda of mercy because he has chosen the dying German Church over Jesus Christ! The heat is much more from Africa and Eastern Europe than even North America.

        • No offense but the church in Africa is in diapers in terms of power And influence.And also. supports Francis. What cardinal and bishop there doesn’t? And come up with a long list please.

          • So you and Bergoglio versus the real Church? Anyone who disagrees is irrelevant or “in diapers”?
            (By the way, thanks for showing that famous “liberal”/Leftist stealth racism against Africans!)

    • If you haven’t already, I’d also recommend reading the book of the same name, written in the 1940s by Franz Werfel, a Jewish author from Prague who during the course of fleeing from the Nazis in 1940, was sheltered for some weeks in Lourdes and made a vow that if he survived, he would write the story of those momentous events of 1858. He eventually escaped to the US. He himself was a bit of a ‘character’ but the book is superb.

          • I hope it’s Monday where you are, because the good Lord hates it when people shop on Sundays and Holy Days. Our Lord revealed to Sr. Mary of St. Peter that shopping on Sundays grievously offends Him (cf. Page 15+).

            This is on the Devotion the Holy Face of Jesus:


            Please read it and share it with others by email or ordering copies from the Fatima Center 1-800-263-8160.

            I’m not saying that you shouldn’t get the book; I’m just saying that we shouldn’t shop on Sundays and Holy Days.

          • Hi Margaret – No, it was Sunday, and I went to the grocery store after Mass, and then went to buy Bird Seed after that. I did pray the Chaplet of the Holy Face with my family before Mass though, which is part of a ritual of praying several prayers, which lasts around an hour, every Sunday before we go to Mass. The family that prays together, stays together. The family that shops together on Sunday after Mass, let’s hope does so without offending God. I appreciate your advise and know that it is both wise and given from a good heart. Thank You Margaret.

          • Hi fniper, Just to add my 2 cents to Margaret’s fraternal correction, Père Jean Lamy (died 1931), a French priest whose bishop called him a second Curé d’Ars, said that it had been revealed to him that World War One was caused by blasphemy, the breakdown of marriage and work done on Sundays. If no customers came into any shop for a succession of Sundays, that shop would pretty quickly remain shut on the Lord’s Day. So to put it a bit more bluntly, the family that shops together on a Sunday…..shouldn’t.

            Enjoy the book. God Bless.

          • Hi Weissfjord – Your point, well made. I am looking forward to reading the book. I won’t even ask about going to Saturday Evening Mass. My family are found unfailingly among the 8AM Sunday Morning crowd, back pew closest to the door.

  4. As a former subscriber to The Compost, I can assure you all that this despicable, twisted article is just a more-blatant-than-usual example of its “journalistic ethos.” The Compost is truly the premiere media organ of the new Red Guard, and it plumbs greater depths of poisonous dishonesty and incitement each and every week.
    Nothing will change until we stop giving our money and our children’s minds/formation to these people. A certain amount of reconnaissance is necessary, and one can’t ‘boycott’ every corporate enemy of the good. The WaPo is in a league of its own, though, and anyone surprised by the referenced article hasn’t been keeping up.

  5. Great succinct summary of the calumny – or libel – in this pathetic hit-piece.

    The Post continues secular journalism’s longstanding confusion of orthodoxy/heterodoxy with right/left politics, then adds a new class of seething venom against the Church (Cardinal Burke, of course, represents *the Church* here – her actual teachings).

    As The Remnant pointed out, this is certainly part of something more than blind hatred – there’s an agenda here. There’s an overt labeling of Burke, his supporters, and everything they stand for as – absolutely unwelcome in society. Forbidden. Outcast.

    Now, of course, there are no ethical or legal limits to what can be done to such people, once they’ve been so-categorized.

  6. Thank you, Mr. Browne for you courageous and precise critique of a such a violent piece of errors. Why the concerted attack? Mr. Trump is obviously hated by certain powerful individuals and groups – the same ones who have no love for what the Church has recieved from Her divine founder. The irony is that the Church’s teaching that Cardinal Burke is valiantly proclaiming is as problematic to most of Mr. Trump’s supporters as it is to he opponents – especially when it comes to questions concerning the Sixth Commandment. Some, however, are more filled with hatred toward the Church than others who have lost any vestige of Christianity whatsover. Who is pulling the strings? The usual suspects: haters of men, women, and chidren; and haters of God and His Church. God have mercy on them. Thank you again.

  7. “He is a shepherd to the flock, whereas so many of his brother bishops have thrown down their crooks to mill about as sheep, buffeted here and there by the modernist secular world and scattered, as the Apostles before Calvary, by a crackpot papacy.”
    An elegant statement, well put.
    Cardinal Burke may be that final straw. I do believe he is going to continue to be pursued by the evil men who now run our Church, particularly the imposter that sits in the Chair of Peter. They go too far, if they do anything more to Cardinal Burke. They may unleash a torrent. We could not sit by if they punished him again for being faithful. If they did that, and we remain silent, we are as guilty as they are. The Washington Post piece is simply reprehensible. What scurrilous, hate-filled vitriol to use against a man about whom she provided no facts to support her hatred. These “liberals” are now actively using verbal violence and code words to incite I don’t know what. When people use the terminology “cleanse”, anyone who knows history knows they are using Holocaust or genocide terminology. And what exactly has Cardinal Burke done that Leftists should hate him so much? He defends Our Lord Jesus Christ, and His Church. Jesus promised we would be hated, and we are now hated with a vengeance by the Left. Their internal demonic conditions are now being expressed in direct words. How long will it be before that is transferred into direct action, as we know it will if left unchecked. Satan has his people in place.
    Lord, protect Cardinal Burke, the faithful Cardinals, Bishops, priests and religious. Sustain your people.

    • The article being discussed is clearly what the left accuses others of — hate speech. That’s a matter of law now and if ever there were candidates for a lawsuit, it’s the vile author of the piece and the rag which published it.

        • It is no longer what they think, Margaret. They have gotten the courts to apply a legal definition to hate speech and their opinion is irrelevant. Hate speech is now what the law says it is. They lose.

          • Speech can not be “hate”, if it is produced by leftists and globalists (the author of the article is connected to the Council on Foreign Relations). Similarly, black people can not be racist, as the Chicago four who attacked a white man with disabilities have proven. “Poor white people, just stop it!” – some CNN commentators would say. They say it, and no one seems to care.

            The leftists now chant in defiance of rational arguments: No platform for haters!!! No platform for fascists! No platform for bigots! – And their university administrators agree.

            I fear we are dealing with activist judges, propaganda, indoctrination and double standards everywhere. We have no one to turn to with our logic and our just complaints.

  8. A disgusting hit piece on the good Cardinal, and a piece of ‘fake news’ if I’ve ever seen one!! Total falsities in it! Guess this doesn’t surprise me because it is after all coming from WAPO.

  9. This adolescent rant suggests there is a sinister organisation called Dignitatis Humanae Institute. Looking at their website reveals some rather odd bedfellows:

    Amongst the Patrons: Matthew Festing former Grand Master of the Knights of Malta and Lord Guthrie. Last time they met they practically came to blows.

    Matthew Festing had had to tick him off for activities not dissimilar to those of Boeselager

    Founding Patron: Rocco Buttiglione: A defender of Amoris Laetitia and Pope Francis.

    Advisory Board: Cardinals Arinze and Sarah: hardly known for their progressive views but then there is another African to counterbalance them: Cardinal Turkson.

    But there is also Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor who stands accused of being a ringleader in the St Gallen Group promoting the election of Pope Francis.

    More knowledgeable people will be able to recognise more devoted friends in the list.

    No doubt Pope Francis will now move swiftly to suppress Dignitatis Humanae!

    Nothing like checking sources is there!

  10. It really is crazy how most of the major outlets had hit pieces against Cardinal Burke and/or traditional Catholicism this week. The Huffington Post ran an article trying to tie Steve Bannon to Church Militant TV and Voris just because Bannon said “Church Militant” in one of his speeches. HuffPo then began to vent about the medievalism and evils of “pre-Vatican II” Catholicism (sniff…sniff) and how the author was taught in 1964 that unbaptized babies go to Limbo (I.e. sound doctrine). She then blankedly associated Catholicism with an Church Militant TV., a media platform that has been controversial even among conservative and traditional Catholics. The whole piece was just sickening to read

  11. Mmm…

    I hope Burke IS working behind the scenes to do SOMETHING. “Even if it’s wrong”.

    I mean, after all, Pope Francis says we shouldn’t be afraid of making mistakes!! 😉

    And what’s wrong with Bannon?

  12. Fundamentally the Post article wants to create the illusion of an inseparable union between Leftist politics and Leftist Religious leaders. Bannon is neither a criminal nor a diabolical eminence grise but he is a Catholic after some fashion and it is Burke’s duty as a Priest to reach out and attempt reconcilaition with him and the Church. This is a long held dream of the Left to co-opt the longest surviving and most authoritive institution in the West into the Left’s world view and neutralize it. The woman who wrote the piece is both vile and insane

    • You are right. The Soros funds, Center for American Progress, and other progressive philanthropies, are eager to pull the Catholic vote away from conservatism — particularly since Catholics now seem to constitute the swing vote that determines national elections. For years, Ford, Rockefeller, MacArthur, and other left organizations supported Catholics for Choice to undermine social conservatism in the Church (along with other groups aiming to undermine the Protestant bodies). Now Soros is trying to make the Vatican an ally of the international left and pull the US Catholic left along. The public organs of propaganda are just playing their part in the plan.

  13. It seems to me that all of the MSM in the States are connected with Satanic paedophile cults, so yeah, I wouldn’t expect much different from them. I have more evidence for my assertion than they have for their bizzarro accusations against Burke.

  14. I actually wish the Burke-Bannon-Salvini alliance was true. It would be great. Salvini is a great guy, I hope the Lega Nord wins in the upcoming election. Salvini and Burke have been smeared just like Bannon was as a “White supremacist”. Nothing could be further than the truth. I guess Cardinal Napier is a White Supremacist too, since he supports the Dubia.

  15. Cardinal Burke is persecuted as were many Saints. Franciscans of the Immaculate also receiving crushing persecution because they are ‘restorationist’: you know they pray, do penance, and are ascetic….as many saints were. The Vatican does not seem like any place for a saint these days.

  16. Phil Lawler over at Catholic Culture did a piece about this too:

    Here’s the last bit of it:

    “Let me offer an answer to my own question. The three-pronged conspiracy theory is being promoted by the Pope’s most ardent defenders. (If you doubt me, sign up for the Twitter feed of Father Antonio Spadaro, and notice how often he makes or encourages cheap shots at Cardinal Burke.) From there it is picked up by secular journalists, who do not understand the Catholic controversy and are much more comfortable framing issues in political terms. The goal of the conspiracy theorists is to discredit Cardinal Burke—in this case exploiting the negative image of Bannon and using guilt-by-association to transfer that image onto the cardinal. And why discredit Cardinal Burke? Because Pope Francis cannot and/or will not answer his questions.

    There is serious discord within the Catholic Church today. That is undeniable. Who is causing it? If the blame cannot be foisted off on Bannon and Burke, it becomes difficult to avoid the conclusion that the Pope himself is the source of division.” (Emphasis mine, though not really because it’s emphasized in Lawler’s article, because he makes it a hot link to another article, so it’s blue in his original.)

    • Secular journalists understand more than than Lawlor gives them credit for. Some of the most evil people have a keen appreciation of God’s law and reject it. What is so hard to understand about the Sixth Commandment?
      Douay-Rheims Bible
      Who shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness to them, and their thoughts between themselves accusing, or also defending one another,

      Raymond Cardinal Burke is suffering in a similar vein to George Cardinal Pell at the hand’s of his homeland’s press. Cardinal Burke is exemplary in his meekness.
      Douay-Rheims Bible
      Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land.

    • Well, Dear Father, did not Pope Francis say he might go down as the Pope who split the Church? Seems he’s got a plan…………..

  17. This opinion piece would probably never have been published were it not that relative goodness is now in power in Washington. I found Emma-Kate Symons’ piece risible and pathetic and it confirmed me more firmly in my belief that feminism has a lot to answer for. Women like her would be better served busily occupied by a large brood of children.

    I also thought that in a sense that Raymond Cardinal Burke didn’t need defending. Having such a hit piece occupying real estate on the WaPo is arguably a badge of honor for one of our Church’s finest leaders.
    Douay-Rheims Bible
    If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you.

  18. Glory to Jesus Christ!

    I am a great admirer of Cardinal Burke, and believe our Lord Jesus Christ is using him to help bring light into a Church that has descended into a worldly and sensual darkness.

    As to Count # 3 against the Cardinal (relating to Islam), the following LifeSiteNews article from last year sheds light on this good shepherd’s sound theological reasons for his negative evaluation of Islam:

    And in relation to Count # 4 against the Cardinal (praising Vladimir Putin’s wise restrictions on Sexual Transhumanist propaganda), the Cardinal is again being totally Catholic and eminently sane. Cardinal Burke loves mankind, which is under attack by the anti-christ of Sexual Transhumanism. He is clearly on the same page as the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, whose inspired Synod of Bishops released an encyclical letter on December 1st that explicitly identifies so-called gender theory as “Anti-Human”.

    Here’s the link to that prophetic letter which exposes Sexual Transhumanism for what it is:

    May our Lord Jesus Christ continue to inspire and strengthen Cardinal Burke to be a beacon of Catholic Truth at a time when the formal apparatus of the Church is being usurped by politicians and demagogues pretending to be shepherds. May the Holy Protection of the Mother of God cover him as a mantle of mercy and love.

    • Glory forever!

      I totally agree with your post, especially your opinion of Cardinal Burke. God is using him and his confreres to fulfill His promise that the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church.

      Also, thank you for posting the link to the letter of His Beatitude. I have read it before, but will do so again.

      We must pray for each other as well as offering up the Divine Liturgy and Holy Communion for His Beatitude Sviatoslav, Cardinal Burke, and the faithful prelates of the Church.

      Priest: Among the first, O Lord, remember our most holy universal Pontiff, Francis, Pope of Rome, our most blessed Major Archbishop Sviatoslav, our most reverend Metropolitan Stefan, our God-loving Bishop Ivan. For the sake of Your holy churches grant that they may live in peace, safety, honor and health for many years, and rightly impart the word of Your Truth.

      People:. And remember all men and all women.

      Divine Liturgy, Anaphora

      Z nami Boh! God is with us!

      In Christ the King,


      P.S. In which eparchy are you? I’m in the Archeparchy of Philadelphia.

      • Eparchy of Toronto, Canada. I’m a Roman Catholic, but also currently serve as a Sacristan at St. Demetrius the Great Martyr Parish for Sunday Divine Liturgy.

        May God be with you, Margaret! Let us keep our eyes fixed on Heaven, even as we do our best to bring salt and light into a world where Jesus still seeks the lost sheep.

        • I just checked out your parish bulletin. WOW! A pastor, 2 assistant pastors, protodeacon, 5 deacons and 1 subdeacon. Are you the subdeacon?

          • Interesting that you should ask. I may find out over the next few weeks whether or not I will be invited to become a subdeacon. Please pray for my wife and me at this time of discernment. May God’s will be done and may He be glorified in all things. Most of all, please pray for Pope Francis and those of like mind — a diabolical disorientation is truly rifling through our Lord’s Church at this time, and we need massive conversion, especially from clergy, for things to be set right.

            Your brother in Christ and the Holy Family.

          • Wow – that’s awesome!

            Here’s some information that might help you:

            According to the Byzantine Tradition, the wife must freely consent to her husband entering the seminary. If she says no, that’s the end of it. If she says yes, then both husband and wife undergo formation: he in the seminary and she gets special formation.

            My pastor is a married priest (he was ordained in Ukraine) and this is a true story he told:

            When he was in the seminary, a lady with 5 children came to the seminary. She asked to see the bishop. The bishop came and she said to him: “Bishop, I want my husband back.” The matter was investigated and he had to leave the seminary.

            I’m not trying to discourage you – this is just FYI.

            Z nami Boh! God is with us!

            Yours in Christ the King,


  19. The Post article is so scurrulous and base that it should only be treated with contempt and ignored. Discusisng it is only raising it to a level it doesn’t merit.

  20. Judging by their passing of this article, I’m guessing the Wash Post’s editorial board are in agreement with that old journalistic maxim: Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.

  21. The good news is, Burke has the attention of his enemies. Thankfully they are also the enemies of Christ and His Church, who are clearly as rattled as a babies toy. They prowl about, but are as toothless in reality as the one they serve, be it knowingly or unknowingly.

  22. I hope I live long enough to see the end of this catastrophic pontificate and the canonisation of the saintly Cardinal Leo Burke. The more Card. Burke is attacked the more I am convinced he is a saintly man doing God’s work. His enemies are nothing more than heretics and schismatics and the merchants of the culture of death.

  23. It’s late, folks. Much later than we think. This article is the canary in the mine shaft. The vicious, hateful demonization of Burke in this article is reminiscent of what we used to see in the state media of the Soviet Union and Communist China, 40-50 years ago when an “enemy of the people” had been identified and needed to be neutralized. He/she was accused of all sorts of fictitious outrages before the axe came down.

    One of the things we learn from the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 is that a Christian country (such as Russia was), can very, very quickly succumb to godlessness and revolution once the sea change starts to occur. Once the momentum starts to build, it’s like a landslide; slow at first but then suddenly…..whooosh!! What just happened? Christianity turned to atheism in the blink of an eye.

    There is a bitter and increasingly violent resentment to Christianity and traditional Catholicism in particular, growing in this country and sadly, it is being encouraged by none other than Francis the Merciful whose distortion of Catholicism and pandering to militant homosexuals, pagan New Agers, godless environmentalists, secular humanists and abortionists is fueling this resentment. Burke, because of his public resistance to Francis’ agenda, has become the focus of this hatred but it’s coming for us too.

    Get ready.

    • You aren’t kidding. An 8th grade English teacher I know was giving her class the background to the play The Miracle Worker. She told them that Helen Keller’s teacher, Ann Sullivan, wanted to work with the deaf and blind child in part because she was concerned about Helen’s immortal soul.

      The teacher told me her students responded with “black faces” of resentment, hostility and anger, except for a couple of Christian students. All the teacher did was give them a small bit of truthful historical background.

      These were 8th graders in a nice, mostly white, semi-rural, reasonably affluent town. Children who hate Christ (the literary term “Christ-figure” is intolerable to them), and would not tolerate even the slightest mention of the soul.

      They will be adults in a few years.

      • These children are just following their parents’ teachings. I see it here in my big/small town also, but the tolerance for Christians is a little more intellectual. The adults still figure that they have intelligence and “openness” and teach their children to tolerate Christians. It makes them feel good. I am hoping this bit of intelligence continues and keep at least a small footpath open to Jesus’ Truth. If not today, perhaps tomorrow.

      • Imagine what their reaction would have been had that same teacher also told them that Helen Keller was a radical leftist politically – which she was, in fact.

  24. Amen brother! Let us rise against the satanic campaign being waged by the likes of the Washington Post, who slander the good such as Cardinal Burke.

  25. My list of things I do not buy and businesses I do not frequent continues to grow. My list includes newspapers, media outlets, coffee shops, department stores, food companies, car companies and the like. I am healthier and I am happier and I have more money. Media outlets thrive on subscriptions and advertising dollars. If enough people show their displeasure of fake news with their feet and with their wallets, I truly believe it can and will make a difference. I encourage others to do likewise. Reward those who speak the truth; punish those who don’t. Come, join me.

    • Way to go Susan. When the material world heaves in anti-Christ behaviors, the decent Catholic will discalce – maybe we need to put in our orders for sackcloth now while trade is still flourishing. This is not a facetious reply – I’m almost there myself – no t.v., no c.d.s, no mags, no credit cards, no unnecessary stuff from the world in my home/sanctuary. I live in the world and I am happy in the Lord! My 20th year anniversary with this type of peaceful protesting just passed by last November 2016.

      • Hi Patty – I am glad you still find value in the internet. I have a lot of catching up to do to reach your level of discipline, but I haven’t purchased any PepsiCo products since they criticized the people who wouldn’t go along with ridiculous attempt to justify men using women’s bathrooms. I miss my Fritos, but I will persevere. Thank You for your good example.

  26. Don’t worry, it will get a lot worse before it gets better. The question is, how many Catholics will be able to handle the persecution. It is already to the point where we can’t show our faith at work without persecution. We are attacked from every angle within and without the Church. But remember that all of this is in God’s plan. He is allowing man to go his own way to his own destruction.

    • I thank God that Africa and Eastern Europe are ignoring Francis. Cardinal Napier of South Africa tweeted that he was grateful that as an African, his faith does not depend on papal interviews. Faithful Catholics know that their faith in Jesus Christ cannot depend on reckless interviews given by a pope that finds it difficult to speak in a disciplined manner. Francis has failed to help the Church in Western Europe and North America. People expected him to bring some fresh air. Instead, we have an authoritarian politician who thinks he can create Catholicism into his own image and likeness. He will fail woefully.

  27. The title of the WP article contains the words: “cleanse the far-right rot”. They come with a photo of Cardinal Burke. This picture of a very kind-hearted, smiling older man, really is worth a thousand words, but… We are seeing the Washington Post war-mongering. This is very serious. We are witnessing a coordinated attack on Catholics. Lies and slander are used.

  28. Jesus is intently watching who are his shepherds who are true to His teaching in this age where falsisities are coming even from the Chair of Peter. It is His Church and He will remove whom He wills and place whom He wills on the Chair of Peter. Cardinal Burke is definitely one of the few Cardinals who are pleasing to the Lord. In this present confusion in the Church, the true and the false shepherds will form clearly different camps which would make it easier for Christ to decide who are his sheep and who are the goats because such situations only separate the cockel from the wheat. Praise the Lord. May His Sacred heart reign in the Church and may He bring about the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of His Mother soon. Maranatha. Come Lord Jesus!

  29. Yes, more fallout from the Trump derangement syndrome. This is fake news at it’s best. Since Jeff Bezos bought the paper it has gotten to be an even more strung out Liberal rag—if such a thing is possible. The article, bizarre as it is, should help Cardinal Burke among his supporters.

  30. Here’s a conspiracy we can all get behind—everyone reading this IMMEDIATELY say 3 Hail Mary’s for the spiritual protection of Cdl. Burke.

  31. I, too, support Cardinal Bourque. I would sooner stand with him than Cardinal Wherl of who there is little doubt, is a pathetic standard-bearer of the Protestantised Roman Catholic Church or as Michael Voris calls it, the Church of Nice. Sadly we, in Canada, do not have any real leadership either. Right now, I would give my right hand to see someone like a Father Corapi remind us what our Faith really means.


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