In the clip below, Cardinal Burke pronounces the Society of Saint Pius X in schism. Listening to it, I recall the reason several Catholic friends gave for refusing to attend his Pontifical High Mass in a Glasgow parish church recently, summed up by one insightful soul: “…he’s not the real deal.”
Blogger Gabriel Syme, who did attend the Pontifical High Mass in Glasgow recently, writes:
I read that earlier and was much dismayed by the reported comments from Cardinal Burke.
it is unbecoming for a prelate to tell fibs (that the SSPX is in schism) which contradict his brother Bishops.
Ironically, he would never say such a thing about genuinely schismatic groups, such as the Eastern Orthodox churches.
How disappointing that he is so feeble in the face of Francis, yet so bold with unprovoked attacks on faithful Catholic groups, attacks based on deceit.
I am very disappointed in him and have diminished respect for him now. As if attacking the SSPX should be on his agenda, while everyone is waiting (and waiting and waiting) for him to act on the dubia.
His “damp squib” dubia and meek acceptance of the Pope’s refusal to grant him an audience to discuss the four cardinals’ concerns about Amoris Laetitia, are now placed firmly in context. He hasn’t a clue. He’s apparently no clearer in his grasp of the limits as well as the extent of papal authority than most of the confused Catholics, ordained and lay, suffering in the Church-anything-but Militant today. He has shown himself to have feet of clay. Or maybe you’re a Cardinal Burke fan, just because, at least, he values the traditional Mass? Let’s hear it…