Cardinal Burke

Letter #88, 2021, Thursday, August 19: Concern for Burke

    The information this morning about the health of Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke is a matter of great concern.     The cardinal remains in very grave condition in a hospital in Minnesota.     Reuters Vatican reporter Phil Pullella tweeted:     And here is an official communique from two days ago from the Shrine of Our Lady of [...]

Letter #87, 2021, Tuesday, August 17: Cardinal Burke

    "In these hours of great concern for the health of our dear Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, I invite all of the faithful to pray for him, entrusting His Eminence to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary." —A note from Archbishop Viganò which he sent to me a few moments [...]

Letter #36, 2019: Update on Burke-Bannon

Update on Burke-Bannon: The Article that Disappeared Wednesday June 26, 2019 Yesterday American Cardinal Raymond Burke issued a tough statement (full text below) announcing he was severing immediately his relationship with the Dignitatis Humanae Institute (of which he was the honorary president). He did so, he said, because American political activist Steve Bannon -- a supporter [...]

Letter #35, 2019: Burke breaks with Bannon

Tuesday June 25, 2019 CNS photo/Joshua Roberts, Reuters, and Paul Haring A Sudden Split... Steve Bannon and Cardinal Raymond Burke had met occasionally in recent years. They had seemed to be collaborating, especially with regard to setting up an Academy in Italy inside a 1,000-year-old monastery in Trisulti, near Frosinone, under the direction of [...]

Letter #5, 2017: Knights of Malta and Freemasonry, #2

January 26, 2017, Wednesday -- Knights of Malta and Freemasonry, #2 "One of the difficulties with the Order (of Malta) is that there is a split between those like Matthew Festing who regard the Order as a religious institution doing charitable work in the light of the teachings of the Church and others who would like [...]

Letter #4, 2017: Knight of Malta and Freemasonry

January 25, 2017, Wednesday -- Knights of Malta and Freemasonry "Charybdis was a sea monster in Greek mythology, which dwelt in the Strait of Messina. It was later rationalized as a whirlpool. It was believed that Charybdis lived under a rock on one side of the strait. Opposite Charybdis, Ancient Greeks believed there was another sea [...]

Letter #17, 2015: The News Stories Keep Coming

May 23, 2015, Saturday — Thinking about Francis The news stories keep coming: — the Irish referendum yesterday on marriage (the Irish voted "Yes," to allow same-gender marriage); — the upcoming papal encyclical on the environment (June); — preparations for the Pope's trip to Cuba and the USA (September); — the "Bishops' Synod, Part #2" (October); [...]

Letter # 7, 2015: Decisions

March 3, 2015, Monday — Decisions (For Easter this year, which falls on April 5, we will be hosting a small group of friends of Inside the Vatican magazine in Rome. We also will visit Assisi, Norcia, Manoppello and Lanciano. We have four spots still open on this pilgrimage. If you would like to join us [...]

Letter # 45, 2014: Another Papal Interview — also on Burke

December 7, 2014, Sunday — Another Papal Interview -- also on Burke I just received this note from my good friend, Bill Doino, my colleague for many years and one of the world's leading experts on the pontificate of Pope Pius XII (Bill will have an important essay on Pope Francis and his critics in the [...]

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