Yesterday Raymond Cardinal Burke released a statement on Pope Francis’s Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes.
This is an historical moment in the Church. I would like to encourage all of you to do three things:
- Read Pope Benedict XVI’s 2007 Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum and it’s accompanying letter HERE. (It’s not long.)
- Read Pope Francis’s Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes and his accompanying letter HERE. (Again, these are not long documents.)
- Think about the PNC, The Principle of Noncontradiction.
- Read Cardinal Burke’s statement.
It’s important as Catholics to be educated about these things.
Have your older children read these documents too; they are not long. Talk about them. If you need a short historical timeline, Dr. Taylor Marshall put together one HERE a few days ago. I had my children watch it.
Look, this drama isn’t going away. There is a crisis in the Church.
Of course there’s no need for hysteria and despair, but rather, prayer, fasting, and faith. For those of you being evicted from Traditional Latin Mass parishes, righteous anger is a real thing too. (See HERE for a recent Crisis Magazine article.)
Finally, if one is feeling despair, perhaps it’s time for a break from all media this weekend. Enjoy your families. Pray a rosary. Play badminton in the backyard with the children, then enjoy a glass of wine with your spouse.
Jesus has this.
Update: Bishop Schneider of Kazakstan has responded in an interview with Diane Montagna HERE. It’s excellent.