‘Formal act of correction’ coming for Pope Francis?

Cardinal Burke: Cardinals may take extraordinary step if pontiff teaches error and fails to correct it
Cardinal Raymond Burke, left, stands by Pope Francis saluting bishops, at the end of a general audience in St. Peter's Square (AP)

Cardinal Raymond Burke, left, stands by Pope Francis saluting bishops, at the end of a general audience in St. Peter’s Square (AP)

The following comes from a November 16 Catholic Herald article by Dan Hitchens:

Cardinal Raymond Burke has said it may be necessary to make a “formal act of correction” if Pope Francis doesn’t answer a letter from four cardinals asking him to clarify aspects of Amoris Laetitia.

In an interview with Edward Pentin of National Catholic Register, Cardinal Burke said that if the Pope were to teach error or heresy, “It is the duty in such cases, and historically it has happened, of cardinals and bishops to make clear that the Pope is teaching error and to ask him to correct it.”

Cardinal Burke is one of four cardinals who have written to the Pope asking for a clarification of Amoris Laetitia. They say that the document could be read as contradicting Church teaching on the moral law and on the question of Communion for the remarried. The Pope has declined to reply to the letter.

Asked what would happen if the Pope remained silent, Cardinal Burke replied: “Then we would have to address that situation. There is, in the tradition of the Church, the practice of correction of the Roman Pontiff. It is something that is clearly quite rare. But if there is no response to these questions, then I would say that it would be a question of taking a formal act of correction of a serious error.”

Cardinal Burke said the four cardinals had intervened “because so many people are saying: ‘We’re confused, and we don’t understand why the cardinals or someone in authority doesn’t speak up and help us.’”

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  1. Your Fellow Catholic says:

    So much for Cardinal Burke’s “service to the Roman Pontiff”. Burke’s treachery is showing.

    • Gabriel Espinosa says:

      Dude, what’s wrong with you? Burke has his priorities straight. He serves God then the pope. The pope is OBVIOUSLY teaching something which is not what the church teaches or has ever taught. Folks living in mortal sin cannot receive communion, or have you conveniently forgotten what St. Paul wrote on the topic?

      False mercy is no mercy.

      • thomas nawn says:

        the late cardinal cushing, stated only god knows who is a sinner and I agree with him human beings, are capable of reading minds, god made the right choice when he did just that

      • Your Fellow Catholic says:

        Dear Dude Espinosa:

        The Pope has not taught anything that the Church has never taught. He is appealing to the internal forum, which has always been a way to solve these cases. Just because you have never heard of the internal forum doesn’t make it new, novel, wrong, or give you the right to say insulting things to me.

        In case you forget it, Jesus said that there were cases that allowed for divorce. Have you read the Scriptures, Dude?

      • Francis never permitted those ‘living in mortal sin’ to receive communion. he simply said that we must find a patch to welcome the divorced home- and he is right. Too many good, loving people have wandered away. Don’t we share a responsibility to bring all people back to their faith?

    • His Eminence is not being disloyal to Pope Francis and it most certainly is not a case of treachery. The Pope was not speaking infallibly when he wrote Amoris Laetitia and in chapter 8 he made a big mistake. Since Pope Francis’s mistake was concerning such an important matter he has left many people confused and unsure. Now in fraternal charity Cardinal Burke and the other three Cardinals are simply trying to help clarify and bring out the true teaching of the Church for the faithful.

      • Dear Anonymous:

        Do you really think the Pope made a mistake that you, speaking anonymously, are able to sit hear in judgement? At least state what the mistake IS, and state your reasoning for claiming it is a mistake. Please also, then, submit your own CV and tell us why we should respect your own theological education and expertise over that of the Roman Pontiff. In Fraternal Charity, of course.

    • Cardinal Burke’s service to the teachings of the Catholic Church is higher than his service to the Roman Pontiff, especially when the pope is teaching error and heresy. With a formal act of correction, the truth will show.

    • St. Christopher says:

      Nonsense, “YFC.” Cardinal Burke shows his loyalty first to Christ, then to the Church, then to the Pope, in seeking to bring to light the (likely) heresy of Francis. We do not worship the Pope, who is supposed to be a “servant” not a despot, to change Catholic doctrine (and Christ’s own words) at his personal whim. Of course, we read that Francis is angry and has even cancelled the consistory because of his bile. Tough. Better to have your errors made public so you can correct your behavior and make a public apology, than earn a spot in Hell. Francis will — one day — thank Cardinal Burke and the other signatories.

    • YFC has become more cantankerous since Trump won the election.

      Just as Trump will dismantle the policies of Obama, may Burke and the next pontiff dismantle the policies of Francis.

      Then YFC will see his whole leftist paradigm come crashing down.

    • Ann Malley says:

      You don’t serve someone–in truth–by allowing them to promulgate that which is in direct opposition to their duty of state, YFC, and therefore potentially detrimental to their soul. That’s aiding and abetting.

  2. Linda Maria says:

    I am wondering when the Pope will make his reply, to the four cardinals? And what will he say??

    • hosemonkey says:

      Treachery? No, loyalty to the teaching of the Church. If Francis is teaching heresy, he requires correction. Error has no rights.

      • What error?

        • david drewelow says:

          re the dubia rasised, professor woodall who teaches at regina apostolorum in rome states “it’s not an action against the pope. if there’s confusion, the first task of the holy father is to unite all in the truth. of the magisterium of the church. that’s why i hope that the pope responds to the appeal.” article by benedetta frigerion on lanuovabq.it, dated 11-20-2016. woodall teaches moral theology and bioethics. his interview indicated that the confusion is widespread and not limited to a disaffected handful.

        • david drewelow says:

          re the dubia raised, professor woodall who teaches at regina apostolorum in rome states “it’s not an action against the pope. if there’s confusion, the first task of the holy father is to unite all in the truth. of the magisterium of the church. that’s why i hope that the pope responds to the appeal.” article by benedetta frigerion on lanuovabq.it, dated 11-20-2016. woodall teaches moral theology and bioethics. his interview indicated that the confusion is widespread and not limited to a disaffected handful.

    • Larry Northon says:

      I think the answers to your two questions would be, in order,: 1) when hell freezes over; 2) Most likely, nothing.

    • david drewelow says:

      the formal dubia requires that the pope respond within 2 months or the next procedural step goes into effect.

  3. This seems to be a case of “sour grapes”. Cardinal Burke was put in his place by Pope Francis because the good Cardinal just would not get along with the Holy Father. The two men could not be more different: Cardinal Burke – bull headed and ostentatious, and the Holy Father- determined and savvy. Check out the pics on google of Cardinal Burke – he loves the traditional, ornate and expensive liturgical vestments!

    • Linda Maria says:

      Harold, Cardinal Burke is a faithful Roman Catholic prelate– the Pope is not/! That is the only difference!! Maybe some of our clergy ought to go find another church, if they do not agree with the teachings of our Church, and refuse to uphold and teach Catholic doctrine! Marriage is a Sacrament, and a very important matter, not a trivial one!

    • Harold, your characterizations of both the Cardinal and the Pope are, as the Germans say, “unanwenbar”– beside the point — irrelevant at best, and disingenuous at worst. Stick to the issues raised by the dubia, and away from ad hominem arguments. In the end, “determined and savvy” could just as easily be interpreted as “bull-headed”. Caution!

  4. FromThePew says:

    It is wisdom to understand spiritual truth is NEVER treachery, it’s mercy. So thank God for Cardinal Burke’s service to the Roman Pope. God has picked Burke (and some other prelates) to help save the pontiff’s soul from ruin. For it is TRUE that the pope has caused much confusion & may be leading other Cardinals & faithful astray in the Pontiffs heretical ‘lamentations’ on Communion for the remarried. Will the pope listen & be grateful? Let’s see how humble the pope truly is, if there ever is a response. Or will there be another sign of stubborn pridefulness? The pope’s displeasure with the TLM has been on display, by his own words, for some time now. Let’s face it, the pope is at best, a progressive & at worst a Marxist.

    • FromThePew says:

      Continued…….So many prayers are needed. May God hear our prayers and lamentations and be merciful. Sad but in the year of mercy, the pope has been in my opinion, cruel in some of his comments about many traditions even attacking TLM youth mass attendance recently. Very difficult to deal with what seems like a betrayal from the top. Must be very hard on the priests in formation to ‘carry on’. Pray!

    • Are you done spitting and sputtering, FTP?

      The Pope is not in error. He is not a marxist. He isn’t really even asking you to do anything that Christ himself didn’t already ask in the Gospels. Do yourself a favor…go read them.

  5. Thank God for Cardinal Burke and the thee other Cardinals!!!

  6. Chaos and confusion happens when a country fails to safeguard it’s very own borders. Same with a Church hierarchy that does not protect and safeguard it’s very own Teachings. In the politically speaking realm, Hillary Clinton just received a H-U-G-E “Formal correction” for disguising bad agendas as acts of virtuous mercy. The people sure WOKE UP! So in the case of the Church, WHERE are the REST of the signatories? They’re either asleep in the Garden, like the first apostles, OR a Judas, who also feigned acts of virtue while ultimately betraying Our Lord, with a signatory kiss.

    • TAKE HEED CHURCH MILITANT! Like the voters who were attracted to recognizing the truth, faithful Cardinals are now respectfully asking Pope Francis for a clarifying Moment of Truth! Our phenomenon is “In The End My Immaculate Heart Will Triumph!” The rosary, is the powerful weapon, that bursts all bubbles of error.

      ” WOW! A super articulate Englishman’s perspective on American Politics and the Trump phenomenon. He nails it !!! ”

      “The political bubble was burst and deserved to be burst.”

      https://www.youtube.com/user/patcondell

  7. Linda Maria says:

    I am very worried, because the Pope has now begun to be extremely difficult, in responding to the four Cardinals, and I fear they are headed for a big and painful, abusive conflict with the Pope, over “Amoris Laetitia!” A CATASTROPHE!! Also, I fear for poor Archbishop Chaput! He, too, is now in a very bad situation of forthcoming conflict, with the Vatican, and the Holy Father, regarding this matter! Our Church is full of LIARS and BETRAYERS, UNFAITHFUL to Christ, in the Vatican! Good, faithful prelates, could be harmed and abused severely, and painfully martyred in our Church, for their faithfulness to Jesus Christ!! Makes me CRY!!

  8. Bernard Martin, it was the Pharisees that had a liberal attitude toward marriage, and the Lord Jesus Christ who had the stricter view. Just saying.

  9. FromThePew says:

    Formal act of correction coming for pope Francis? We can only hope! God bless these good brave Cardinals!

    • FromThePew says:

      PS……I just heard on TV today that the pope was livid that these cardinals challenged him. So do not expect much, especially any humble pie. This pope acts more like a dictator then a religious leader. Must be the marxist mind-set from his homeland that seems to color his views of the world. Poor man, he is very rigid isn’t he? Ironic.

  10. Thank God for Cdl. Burk.
    St. Catherine of Sienna corrected the Pope at her time.
    St. Catherine of Sienna pray for us.

  11. Around 218 A.D., Pope Callixtus declared that adultery and murder can be pardoned, much to the discontent to two prominent theologians. Today, just about any sin can be forgiven. In 253 A.D., as Novatianism was spreading, Pope Stephen declared that converts to the church did not need to be rebaptized. About 60 bishops stood up against him declaring that only Catholic baptisms are valid, including Saint Cyprian the martyr. Stephen’s decision can still be felt today with outside baptisms being recognized as long as they follow a similar rubric to the Catholic faith. Just because people are used to certain practices that are supposedly old doesn’t mean they are valid. Personally, Cardinal Burke sounds like the next sedevacantist. Pope…

  12. This is better than WWF! Pope Francis spanked Cardinal Burke and now Burke is seeking revenge. A smackdown is coming. Wrestlers for Christ!

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