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Friday, 7 November 2014

And On the Very Same Subject, What Cardinal Burke Actually Said

In Crux, it is reported via headline that the great Cardinal Raymond Burke was so disloyal as to say that the "Catholic Church under Pope Francis is a 'ship without a rudder.'"

In that article that follows, it becomes clear that what he really said was that people have expressed to him their fear that the Church under Francis is a "ship without a rudder," and that reassurance is required of the Holy Father.

How hard is that to understand, John?

How is a Cardinal telling the Pope that the latter may not realize how confused and worried some folks are, and advising the Pope that or even how he ought to take care of it, "attacking" the Pope?

When I was in school, I used to babysit for a family with three, (mostly horrid,) girls.

One day when I arrived the mom had to teach me a new routine for putting the toddler to bed.

A few nights previous, her older sister had taken a flashlight and made giant shadows of her hands appear on the ceiling over the bed of the little one, who was now terrified.

So my job was to take a flashlight, take her to bed, turn off the lamp in the room, and train the flashlight on the ceiling, in the closet, under the bed.... see? nothing there! all safe!

Did the mother think there was something horrible lurking there? did I, in demonstrating that there was no monster in the closet at that time, indicate my fear that sometimes there was?

Of course not.

Nonetheless, didn't I, didn't the mother, (didn't the bratty big sister,) have an obligation to allay the toddler's fears?

When it comes down to it, we're all children frightened of what might be in the dark.

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