Controversial cardinal to visit Irving

Cardinal Burke at Saint Francies de Sales for Solemn Te Deum and Benediction. (Photo courtesy of Phil Roussin https://www,

Cardinal Raymond Burke will be visiting Irving this coming week on Oct. 6 and 7.

An organization aimed at upholding and defending Christian values, Catholic Action, is hosting the 2017 Fatima Summit in honor of the coming centennial of the Marian apparitions that occurred in Portugal.

The events will feature a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Burke, who will also be the keynote speaker.

Burke is considered a leader of the conservative wing within the Catholic Church.

He is one of the four cardinals who published the “dubia,” or list of formal questions, asking for clarity from Pope Francis regarding his apostolic exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia.”

The exhortation became controversial after a footnote gave more ambiguous leeway for divorced and remarried Catholics to receive communion.

The “dubiawere sent a year ago and have not received a response yet from Pope Francis, leading Burke to suggest there may need to be a “formal act of correction of a serious error” in an interview with Edward Pentin of theNational Catholic Register.”

University of Dallas theology professor Dr. Christopher Malloy spoke on the reason for Burke’s fervor.

“Because he pastors souls, Cardinal Burke strives zealously for their happiness,” Malloy said. “Illusory goods and confusion over essentials make for misery, not the happiness founded on truth. Through the Church, Christ blesses the world with perennial teachings, which illuminate the way to happiness, and with abundance of graces sufficient for holy fidelity to the commandments, the condition for attainment of happiness.”

Malloy continued, saying the apostolic exhortation has caused confusion, prompting Burke and others to ask for clarification out of care for the faithful.

“Tragically, since the promulgation of Amoris Laetitia, some have been confused about Christ’s perennial teachings and about the power of grace,” Malloy said. “Out of love for the poor and little ones, ever threatened by seduction, Cardinal Burke and others seek renewed promulgation of teachings that cannot be changed, lest the sick and confused fail to be healed by the renewal of their minds.”

Burke was appointed last Saturday by Pope Francis as an adviser to the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s top tribunal, despite being removed from the Signatura in 2014.

The reappointment came a week after 62 priests and Catholic scholars signed a filial correction, stating the pope has upheld heretical positions regarding social issues.

Senior theology and human sciences major Cecilia Hollcraft expressed interest in Burke’s talk in Irving, but has reservations about his past actions.

“As someone who has such a large voice in the Church, I think it is good that he states the beliefs of the Church so clearly. However, I have read several statements that he has made, and in such a volatile world, he needs to be more charitable,” Hollcraft said in a Facebook message. “Charity doesn’t have to be the equivalent of toleration or praising what he thinks is wrong, but not being so self-righteous for believing he is in the right.”


  1. Cardinal Burke is not controversial in that he seeks controversy; rather, His Eminence is a prudent shepherd who seeks in charity to provide clarity on basic Church doctrine. The headline here is certainly overstated, and a greater awareness of who the cardinal is would be helpful for future coverage. For instance, see this article in the National Catholic Register:


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