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Saturday, 09 March 2013 16:50



By Jesse Jose

A Cup O' Kapeng Barako


I dunno ...


This story was shared to me by my friend, Ray of Galveston, Texas, and  CC'd several of our cyberspace katotos.  It's about Cardinal Raymond Burke and the 10 reasons daw why he will become the next Pope of the Catholic Church.


Heavens forbid! 


I dunno who wrote the story.  It's well-written, simple, easy to understand, blunt and straight to the point.  Walang paligoy-logoy.


When Ray sent it, he asked: "What do you think?"  So, big-mouth me, wrote what I thought of it.


There are two comments: "Objection" and the "Answer to the Objection" within this Cardinal Burke story. 


Here's the story first, Dear Readers.  My point of view, short and sweet, or perhaps, sweet and sour, like one of my favorite Chines ulams -- depends how you look at it -- is at the very end of this column. 


The Cardinals will rally to a holy man who will prayerfully clean house and face down the evils, scandals, and rumors. There is only one cardinal who has vocalized a plan of attack for the political, liturgical, and canonical problems in the Church: his name is Raymond Cardinal Burke.


Raymond Leo Burke, 64, was born June 30, 1948 and is an American Cardinal.  He is the current Cardinal Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, having previously served as Archbishop of St. Louis (2003–2008) and Bishop of La Crosse (1994–2003)


Cardinal Burke is the only one who has explicitly proclaimed a way forward in these times of trouble.  As in the last papal conclave, the cardinals will turn to a man who operates on sound principles.  A man whose virtue is known by all.  A man of the Gospel.


With that being said, here are the 10 reasons why Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke will be elected Pope.


 1. Burke is an open advocate for using canon law in defense of the sacraments and God's honor. He's a hardliner against pro-abortion Catholic politicians. He has openly spoken out against American and Irish Catholic politicians who advocate abortion, homosexual unions, etc.  As Pope, he would back cardinals who have difficult decisions to make back home.


 2. Burke thinks seriously. He is theologically orthodox and can spot dissent. If you thought Ratzinger was a Rottweiler, then just look out!Burke once forced the cancellation of a Sheryl Crowe concert at a Catholic hospital...because she's pro-abortion. He sacked a St Louis Catholic basketball coach for supporting abortion and embryonic destruction. Cardinal Burke isn't afraid to play ball.


 3. His Eminence celebrates and promotes the Latin Mass and a reverent Novus Ordo. This is huge.  href="/" target=_blank>Cardinal Schonborn's href="/" target=_blank> href="/" target=_blank>balloon Mass is not the way of the future of Catholicism.  All the cardinals feel this. Pope Benedict moved us away from all that. Cardinal Burke will continue to carry Benedict's liturgical torch. Cardinal Burke brings noble dignity to the Holy Sacrifice of Mass. 


4. ...which leads to the SSPX. As long as Benedict XVI is alive, it will be necessary for the next Pope to bring resolution to this traditionalist soap-opera. The reconciliation of the SSPX would be the greatest possible gift to Benedict's living legacy.  To use baseball terminology, it would equate to a relief pitcher saving the game and earning a "win" for the starting pitcher who got behind in the run count.


(SSPX - Society of Saint Pius X, an international traditionalist Catholic organization founded in 1970 by the French archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.)


  5. Speaking of the Latin Mass, Cardinal Burke has traditional liturgical flare (for example, he wears the cappa magna without blinking an eye).  With rumors and scandals floating everywhere, Catholics are desperate to see visual dignity restored to the Holy See. 


 6. Burke will help the cardinals and bishops do what they know they need to do: discipline dissenting Catholic politicians. Burke called the US Democratic party "the party of death" and accused Barack Obama of being "anti-life and anti-family." He's not afraid. The cardinals need a Pope standing behind them who speaks like this.


 7. Cardinal Burke speaks the minimum languages necessary for a Supreme Pontiff: English, French, Latin and Italian.


  8. Cardinal Burke is the perfect age: 64. Almost everyone is convinced that the cardinals will elect a cardinal in his mid to late 60s.


  9. He is the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. This is a really big deal. The years to come require expertise in canon law, not just theology. Cardinal Burke is already a Vatican insider. He already has experience at the highest canonical authority, second only to the Supreme Pontiff himself.


  10. Most importantly, Cardinal Burke is extremely Marian. He has great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He continues the tradition beginning with Pope Pius IX and extending up to Bl John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.  Fatima is the key to everything going on in the Catholic Church. Cardinal Burke feels the same way. Moreover, he is close to the Friars of the Immaculate and he helped establish the shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  


Nobody suspects Cardinal Burke to be elected. That is almost always a necessary feature of a papal candidate.


So there you have it: 10 reasons why the cardinals will rally to Cardinal Burke in the conclave. You'll see Cardinal Burke in a white cassock before end of March...maybe even donning the old tiara and wearing the red shoes!


O bjection:  Cardinal Burke is an American and the Cardinals know that the world will resent a Pope from the world's leading super power - the United States.


Answer to Objection: People aren't thinking clearly about this. Cardinal Burke would be the perfect Pope, precisely because the global tribe looks at America with suspicion.  Cardinal Burke is an American who vocally disapproves of America. He isn't wining and dining with President Obama, Joe Biden, and all the other power players of Washington DC and New York.  Cardinal Burke has called President Obama "anti-life and anti-family."


Cardinal Burke isn't going to pander to America's claims of greatness and superiority. Rather, His Eminence would attack and destroy those claims.  In fact, Cardinal Burke is the cardinal with the clearest voice speaking against the crimes of the United States.


Is America an emerging super Evil Empire spreading porn, abortion, materialism, perverse marriages, and filth all over the globe?  Yes. 


Would a Third World Pope know how to stand down this First World evil?  Most likely not. 


Would a Third World Pope be taken seriously by First World powers?  Probably not.


You need a holy American who is not afraid to speak out against his homeland. 


Which American Cardinal has the hardest words for America?   Cardinal Burke.


MY POINT OF VIEW: I dunno, but the way this write-up was written, Cardinal Burke sounds like "a born-in-the-USA" Taliban to me.  Heavens forbid if he becomes the next Pope after Pope Benedict XVI.  I think Cardinal Burke will bring Catholicism back into the time of Galileo.  Y'all know that story, right?  That story where Galileo got persecuted by the Catholic Church for saying that this world where we live in was "round," in contrast to the teachings of the Church then that the world was "flat." 


Because ... sabi daw sa Bible, flat ang mundo.  So the people then  MUST believe what the Bible said.  No ifs or buts.  Believe it or get tied to a stake and burn.  Fearing for his life, Galileo recanted.  Y'all know that story, right?


And why is Cardinal Burke preaching HATE towards America?  I don't like that.  With all its faults and so-called SINS, this is my country, the country of my children and their children.  This is the greatest country in the whole world.  Love it or leave it.  Go to Iran or to North Korea....


Also, in that photo of Cardinal Burke: is that a bulaklakin woman's skirt he's wearing underneath that red robe of a cardinal's?  And that hat, is that a woman's hat?  Hmmmm.  I dunno....


To me, the next Pope should lead the Church in a new direction and make its teachings more liberal.  And most all, he must address the sexual abuse of children by pedophile priests.  I am a Catholic and I do believe in the teachings of my faith.  But this ongoing practice of pedophilia within the Church has been kept as a secret for soooo long!  Bring it out into the open, once and for all.  Put an ALL STOP to it. 


The Vatican keeps too many secrets. 


As my friend, Ray asked: what do y'all think, Dear Readers?  And may also I ask this question myself: For my comments, I didn't commit the sin of heresy?  Or, did I?  You see, I dunno....   JJ


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