Cardinal Burke on the Catholic “Man-crisis”



Recently, his Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke, gave an interview with the New Emangelization Project (yes, it’s Emangelization, a targeted effort to evangelize men as part of the New Evangelization) to discuss the state of Catholic men in the United States. Here’s the first few portions of the interview:

Matthew James Christoff of the New Emangelization Project: Your Eminence, we are delighted and blessed to be here with you. Today, we are here to talk about the state of Catholic men in the United States and how we might draw more men into the New Evangelization. Maybe to start, how would Your Eminence describe the state of men in the Catholic Church today?

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke: I think there has been a great confusion with regard to the specific vocation of men in marriage and of men in general in the Church during the past 50 years or so. It’s due to a number of factors, but the radical feminism which has assaulted the Church and society since the 1960s has left men very marginalized.

Unfortunately, the radical feminist movement strongly influenced the Church, leading the Church to constantly address women’s issues at the expense of addressing critical issues important to men; the importance of the father, whether in the union of marriage or not; the importance of a father to children; the importance of fatherhood for priests; the critical impact of a manly character; the emphasis on the particular gifts that God gives to men for the good of the whole society.

(We encourage everyone to go to their website to read the rest of the interview).

SACRA LITURGIA USA Conference (June 1 – 4, 2015)


From Rorate, comes this announcement on an upcoming international conference next year, with our very own Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone as one of the speakers…

June 1-4, 2015, an international conference on liturgical formation in light of the new evangelization will be held in New York, under the title:

Continuing the initiative of Sacra Liturgia 2013, organized by Bishop Dominique Rey (Fréjus-Toulon, France) in Rome, this conference seeks to support the Church’s saving evangelistic and catechetical mission, as well as the continued revitalization of the liturgical life of the Church, especially in the United States.
The sacred liturgy plays a central, vital role in the new evangelization, attracting souls to the heart of Christ and His Church. For the baptized, the sacred liturgy resides at the heart of the Christian faith and life — indeed it is the “source and summit of the life and mission of the Church.” As Bishop Rey stated at the opening of the 2013 conference in Rome, “The sacred liturgy is not a hobby for specialists. It is central to all our endeavors as disciples of Jesus Christ. This profound reality cannot be overemphasized. We must recognize the primacy of grace in our Christian life and work, and we must respect the reality that in this life the optimal encounter with Christ is in the Sacred Liturgy.”
The conference brings together a wide range of renowned international speakers including Raymond Cardinal Burke; Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone (San Francisco); Dom Phillip Anderson, OSB (Abbot of Clear Creek Monastery); and Dom Alcuin Reid (Monastère Saint-Benoît, Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, France); among others. See the appendix for a complete list of speakers and topics.
Topics addressed at the conference will range from broad subjects like the relationship between liturgy and culture, Catholic identity, youth, the arts, and Catholic education to specific questions like the mid-20th-century changes to Holy Week and the post-Vatican-II reform of the calendar and lectionary. Lectures will take place at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues) which is conveniently located at a subway stop. Continue reading

Cardinal Burke opens up about his new office with Knights of Malta


Cardinal Raymond Burke, patron of the Knights of Malta, says Mass in Rome for the Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage, Oct. 25, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Cardinal Burke opens up about his new office with Knights of Malta

 Rome, Italy, Nov 29, 2014 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News)
.- On Nov. 8 the Vatican announced the transfer of Cardinal Raymond Burke from prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, which ensures correct administration of justice in the Church, to Patron of the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta.In an interview on Nov. 21, Cardinal Burke explained his new role to CNA.

“The technical title is Patron,” he stated. “It is an office of representation of the Holy Father to the grand master of the sovereign military order.”

Cardinal Burke will be helping Fra. Matthew Festing, Prince and Grand Master of the “Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta”, colloquially known as the “Knights of Malta.”

“He is actually a professed religious, but not a priest. My work principally is to assist him, to be a spiritual guide to him, and to carry forward the great work of the order.”

The order sets itself two principal missions.

“The defense of the faith: the ’defensio fidei’, and then care for Continue reading

2015 Marian Pilgrimage to Lourdes, Fatima with Pontifical Mass to be celebrated by Cardinal Burke

A Marian Pilgrimage
with Rev. Canon Jean-Marie Moreau, I.C.R.S.S. to
Lourdes & Fatima
and Segovia & Avila, Spain on the Quincentenary of St. Teresa’s birth


April 29-May 9, 2015

Click the photo above for a brochure

Come join us on a very special pilgrimage to France, Spain & Portugal in the quincentenary of the birth of St. Teresa.

We will begin in the beautiful Pyrenees Mountains of Southern France, where from April 30-May 2, we will join the priestly order of The Institute of Christ the King’s annual Lourdes pilgrimage with His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Attend a Pontifical High Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated by Cardinal Burke, and join in a Rosary and Candlelight Procession concluding with an Episcopal Blessing by His Eminence. Also visit the Grotto of Massabielle and experience the healing waters of Lourdes.

After three nights in Lourdes we will travel over the Spanish highlands for a night in Burgos (burial place of El Cid) and two nights in ancient Castile, visiting Segovia & Avila; land of the great Carmelite mystics – Sts. John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, celebrating the 500th anniversary of St. Teresa’s birth.

From Castile, we will travel southwest to Central Portugal for the last three nights of the pilgrimage, visiting the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, a marvelous haven of peace, and the old world maritime city of Lisbon; birthplace of St. Anthony, the beloved finder of lost articles!

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Sign the petition thanking Cardinal Burke!


LifeSiteNews has an ongoing petition to thank his Eminence, Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the strongest pro-life and pro-family voices in the Catholic Church, who was recently in the headlines after his removal from the Apostolic Signatura and then named as patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Click on the photo or on this link to sign. Please share among your friends!

Populus Summorum Pontificum 2014 Peregrinatio ad Petri Sedem > October 23-26, 2014

Populus Summorum Pontificum 2014

October 23-26, 2014

We received an email from Cosimo Damiano Marti from Switzerland. He sent us a link to a few photos from the Populus Summorum Pontificum 2014…. Thank you for the link!


LifeSiteNews Interview: Cardinal Burke stresses parents as primary educators of their children

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In an interview with LifeSiteNews during a break in the Synod on the family last week, Raymond Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, stressed the importance of parents as the primary educators of their children.

The concept of parents as primary educators is taught by the Church and was given emphasis by the late St. Pope John Paul II. It is also a founding principle of Voice of the Family, the coalition of life and family groups around the world represented in Rome to assist the Synod Fathers in defending the family.

“The children who come to life by means of the cooperation of their parents with God are given to their parents for their education and upbringing,” said Cardinal Burke. “And it’s actually the parents who choose any kind of outside education that the children receive.”

In a position paper on the subject, Voice of the Family says, “Parental rights are under threat as never before, especially through the imposition of anti-life, anti-family sex education in schools and through the provision of abortion and contraception without parental knowledge.”

Having seen those threats over thirty years ago, St. Pope John Paul II wrote in his 1981 encyclical Familaris Consortio: “Sex education, which is a basic right and duty of parents, must always be carried out under their attentive guidance, whether at home or in educational centres chosen and controlled by them.”

He added, “In this regard, the Church reaffirms the law of subsidiarity, which the school is bound to observe when it cooperates in sex education, by entering into the same spirit that animates the parents.”

Cardinal Burke’s full remarks regarding parents as primary educators follow:

LifeSiteNews: Why does the Church teach that parents are the primary educators of their children. What does this mean and why is it important?

Cardinal Burke: When the Church teaches about the crowning of married life in procreation, in the notion of procreation is understood also the education of children. In other words, the children who come to life by means of the cooperation of their parents with God are given to their parents for their education and upbringing. And it’s actually the parents who choose any kind of outside education that the children receive.

Saint Augustine said that the child begins to imbue the faith already from his mother’s milk. And, it’s very true that children are formed by the faith of their parents, the attitudes, the virtues which their parents embody. And this is communicated to them both with words, but most of all, by the example of their parents.

For that reason, the Church stresses this [role of parents as primary educator] very much so that parents wouldn’t think [that] because there are nursery schools and other kind of schools that somehow the schools would take their place or relieve them of the responsibility of educating their children, when in fact they have that primary responsibility.

I saw myself, in my years as an educator — which I enjoyed very much and consider it to be very important work — [that] it was always clear to me that the primary influence in young people’s lives were their parents. And as I’ve met those young people, now that they’re getting older, they’re very much like their parents. And I have to say myself, the older I get, I can see more and more in my own life the influence of my parents.