Papal critic Cardinal Burke to headline canon law conference
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From National Catholic Reporter:




Papal critic Cardinal Burke to headline canon law conference
Dan Morris-Young  |  Jan. 24, 2017


A leading critic of Pope Francis' approach to ministry to divorced and remarried Catholics and of his reforms to church annulment procedures will be the headline speaker at a San Francisco conference for canon lawyers.

Cardinal Raymond Burke will be the featured presenter at the Western Region Canon Law Meeting March 14-16 at San Francisco's St. Mary's Cathedral.

A conference flyer lists titles of the cardinal's talks as "Mitis Index Dominus Jesus: One Year Later" and "Current Issues/Concerns/Observations Regarding American Tribunals."

Mitis Index Dominus Jesus ( "The Lord Jesus, Clement Judge" ) is one of two documents Francis issued in September 2015 aimed at reforming procedures for seeking declarations of marriage nullity. It addresses annulment protocols in the Latin rite Catholic church. The second, Mitis et misericors Iesus ("Clement and Merciful Jesus"), outlines reforms for the Code of Canons of Eastern Churches.

Burke has been a high-profile detractor of the annulment reforms as well as Francis' apostolic exhortation on marriage and family life, Amoris Laetitia, released last April.

Both the annulment reforms and the papal exhortation are outgrowths of two global episcopal consultations at the Vatican — the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in 2014 and the Fourteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops the next year. Both focused on family.

At the San Francisco meeting, an "open forum" with Burke is scheduled from 3:20 to 4:30 p.m. on March 15.

In November, Burke was one of four cardinals to sign an open letter to Francis asking the pontiff to answer five yes-or-no questions that they claimed would clarify what they have described as doctrinal confusion or ambiguity in Amoris Laetitia.

The cardinals' letter itself has drawn criticism, notably from Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the head of Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

"Between 80 and 100" participants are expected at the San Francisco meeting from the Canon Law Society's Western Region, which is contiguous with the U.S. bishops' Region XI and includes California, Hawaii and Nevada, according to Michael Brown, director of communications for the San Francisco archdiocese.

Asked about the potential of Burke's appearance being interpreted as tacit endorsement of the cardinal's criticisms of Francis, Brown emailed, "Sorry, too subjunctive and theoretical for me to be able to respond, let alone the Archbishop."

Brown said the invitation to Burke was encouraged by San Francisco's chancellor and judicial vicar of its Metropolitan Tribunal, Msgr. C. Michael Padazinski, and facilitated by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.

Padazinksi confirmed that on Jan. 23, but noted the conversation about the possible Burke invitation dates back some time ago, before the cardinal's concerns about annulment reform and Amoris Laetitia "broke out."

Also pastor of St. Patrick's Parish in Larkspur, Padazinski noted that Burke "is a renowned and first-rate canon lawyer" and that the prelate's San Francisco appearance "will be a good draw."

"People will want to hear what he has to say," the priest said.

Padazinski served on the Canon Law Society of America's board of governors from 2008-2011.

Fr. Roger H. Keeler, CLSA executive coordinator, told NCR that CLSA regional groups select their own meeting topics and speakers independently of the organization's staff and board of governors. "I'm certainly not reading anything into" Burke's selection as the Western Region presenter, Keeler said.

Burke was a co-consecrator at Cordileone's installation as San Francisco archbishop in October 2012.

While in the Bay area, Burke is also scheduled to preside at a Mass in the extraordinary form (in Latin) at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Oakland March 19 at 12:30 p.m., and "possibly visit St. Patrick's Seminary and visit with the local Knights of Malta," Brown said.

Burke, 68, was named patron of the Knights of Malta, an international charitable organization based in Rome, in late 2014 after Francis removed the cardinal as prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the church's highest judicial authority other than the pope.

Both Burke and Francis have said the change, viewed by many as a demotion, was not related to the cardinal's critiques.

The Knights of Malta — formally known as the The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta or the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Malta — has had its own recent tensions with the pope over the termination of its grand chancellor, Albrecht Boeselager.

In addition to Burke, the cardinals signing the open letter to Francis concerning Amoris Laetitia are Carlo Caffarra, former archbishop of Bologna; Walter Brandmüller, former president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences; and Joachim Meisner, former archbishop of Cologne.


[Dan Morris-Young is West Coast Correspondent for National Catholic Reporter.]

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Comments Wrote:Pioneer
13 hours ago


Shameful. Burke's criticism of Francis is insulting. Canon Lawyers cannot accept that pastoral care is no longer synonymous with enforcing the Code. Nor can anyone be surprise by the behavior of Cordileone nor his self righteousness.Shameful but ignorable.


monicadeangelis
8 hours ago


Burke was considered quite the scholar on Matrimonial law after he published his dissertation in 1986, arguing that mental "deficiencies" (specifically schizophrenia) were an impediment to the sacrament. It would be interesting to consult a canonist, but it seems that he holds the view that there are specific, defined impediments to contracting Matrimony, and specific processes for litigating those impediments, outside of which there can be no remedy -- especially what Pope Francis calls a pastoral remedy -- precisely because there are no defined criteria unless there is a formal process.

I think the whole business is Byzantine (apologies to the Byzantines in our midst), but it appears Burke sublimates the pastoral to the juridical -- which, unfortunately, is what Canon Law has done for many centuries.


PetrusRomanus2
7 hours ago


Good thinking, monica! Rat's dissertation came on the heels of a post-Vatican II innovation called the American Procedural Norms, which were approved by the Vatican and instituted in USA matrimonial tribunals. In a somewhat parallel development, American tribunals developed a practical jurisprudence, including "psychological impediments (scizophrenia, PTSD and many more) which like the APN, were intended to speed cases through Tribunals to accommodate need. For some time, American tribunals were producing more annulments than the reso of the world's, combined! Of course the Vatican Curia was aghast, and JP II "was not amused," but the case flow has continued, with cautions. And you're right -- the WHOLE business IS Byzantine, even though it may look good and sound nice. Furthermore, it's so Byzantine, even with the latest reforms, that the system is unworkable. And THANK YOU for your insights!


Walter Rogers
7 hours ago


...can we simply say 'forgive them for they know not what they do'...or can we paraphrase that; they thought so at the time. Nothing is static outside of church thinking. Burke is enmeshed in church legalisms, beginning with acceptance of beliefs posited as truths. We have grown with time in learning, knowing and discovery, what once was held firmly can now be regarded lacking in substance. Disputation is NOT that Burke does not possess expertise in canon law, the concern is the legalistic, rigid adherence to a static formula, which might not hold true with what we know contrasted with belief held as true.


D. Whitewolf
9 hours ago


I certainly hope that the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be on hand to witness the proceedings.
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National Catholic Reporter shouldn't be allowed to use the word 'Catholic' in its name.
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This comment really ticked me off:

Quote:I certainly hope that the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be on hand to witness the proceedings.

When a group mocks tenets of Islam, the SPLC and media label it "hate speech" and "Islamophobia." 

Yet when a group repeatedly and very publicly mocks Christianity, especially Catholicism, we hear crickets from the same groups.

I truly hope the "sisters" are not there, and pray for their conversion.

(01-25-2017, 10:15 AM)In His Love Wrote: National Catholic Reporter shouldn't be allowed to use the word 'Catholic' in its name.
The sad thing is I always confusion the Reporter with the Register, until I open an article from one of them.  The names are too similar for me.
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(01-25-2017, 12:53 PM)Jeeter Wrote: The sad thing is I always confusion the Reporter with the Register, until I open an article from one of them.  The names are too similar for me.

A mnemonic help: REPorter=REPulsive
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