Thursday, March 26, 2015

THROW BACK (THROW UP) THURSDAY: March 4, 2013: Pope Prediction: 10 Reasons Cardinal Burke Will Be the Next Pope

Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013

Reprinted here with original emphases and photos and with none of my usual annoyingly insightful but nonetheless smart-ass comments.

Pope Prediction: 10 Reasons Cardinal Burke Will Be the Next Pope

His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke
Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura

I’m making a very bold and controversial claim: His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke will be the next Pope. I’m going to provide you with 10 solid reasons why the cardinals will rally to him in the conclave for the required 2/3 vote majority. 
Let’s be honest. Most people are claiming (or grumbling) that Cardinal Burke will never be elected as Pope. They say he’s too heavy-handed, too ceremonial, too traditional, too political, and too serious to be papabile. If you’re one of those people who think Burke is the best cardinal for the job, but look at your toes and sigh: “It’ll never happen,” then keep reading.
The problem is that the Burke naysayers are thinking like journalists and voters. (By the way, one of my favorite daily blogs: Rorate Coeli explains why the journalists get it wrong.) 
When the doors of the conclave close, men who would usually vote one way, vote another. Under the staring eyes painted onto the ceiling of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, these cardinals know that history is being made. The Pope they elect will have a difficult vocation. The Pope they elect will change the lives of billions of people both now…and in the future.

I want to challenge you to think like a cardinal in 2013. The cardinals are worried. Most cardinals knew that Pope Benedict had considered abdication, but most of them never thought it could actually happen. Here we are 50 years after the Council, right in the middle of the Year of Faith, and then suddenly the Pope resigns. 

Globally, the Catholic Church faces accusations. Here and there in local dioceses, there are spots of financial and sexual scandal (for example, in Los Angeles). The rumors in Rome surrounding Vatileaks, the Butler, and the Bank are still circulating. Cardinal O’Brien of Scotland just stepped down. The question of secular politicians and the Church is a concern. There is growing debate about liturgy and the Extraordinary Form. The SSPX dialogue fell flat. So in the middle of this storm, Pope Benedict abdicates. I think this is all part of the divine plan (Here’s my post explain why I think the Blessed Virgin Mary asked Pope Benedict stepped down), but let’s be honest. It’s a traumatic time. Yet, whenever there is trauma, conservatism reigns.

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. 

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. Cardinal Schonborn’s 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.

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.

For fun, here’s Blessed John Paul II in his cappa magna:

And, yes historians, Cardinal Burke even wears the old Cardinals’ galero:

If he’s elected, will he wear the papal tiara?

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. For me, Fatima is the key to everything going on in the Catholic Church. I think 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. Please also read Cardinal Burke’s piece on “Our Lady of America. 

Let me add one more – an eleventh reason: 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 (plus one) 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!
Compliments of Photoshop

Question: Are you convinced that Cardinal Burke will be the next Pope? Please leave a comment explaining why I’m right or just plain nuts?

For those who think I’m nuts, just think about this: Last time around, everyone thought Ratzinger was way too conservative to be elected. Well…


  1. True, the conclave that elected Ratzinger was indeed nuts, and they got it right the second time around. As for Dr. Taylor Marshall and Cardinal Burqa -- yes, NUTS! NUTS! NUTS!

  2. Funny. I though this must be one of Father D's Jokes. This Doctor Marshall was correct on TWO points.

    1. "Under the staring eyes painted onto the ceiling of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, these cardinals know that history is being made. The Pope they elect will have a difficult vocation. The Pope they elect will change the lives of billions of people both now…and in the future."

    2. "The Cardinals will rally to a holy man who will prayerfully clean house and face down the evils, scandals, and rumors."

    God bless Pope Francis. Long may be reign!

  3. Yet another Krazy Konvert to Roman Catholicism from the Episcopalians. Taylor Marshall, who just loves the Latin Mass and the Byzantine Liturgy, former Episcopal priest now a Catholic layman. I am surprised he has not pursued the priesthood. I'm sure with his love of Cardinal Burke, the bishop of the Rochester Diocese would love to lay hands on him.

    1. Thank you for the kind suggestion, but Rochester is already infested with a sufficient number of Krazy Konvert Kanglicans and their local conventicle is supplied with a priest. You can tell they are former Episcopalians because their are more people in the choir stalls at their service than in the pews. The bishop in question, moreover, has his hands full and ready to be laid on a steady supply of klerics who make Cardinal Burqa look like a moderate.

  4. Yeah.. Thank God that that little nightmare will never happen. Apparently Burke is considered a boor and a joke among the other cardinals because of his dress-up escapades and outlandish remarks. Notice how absolutely no one in the Vatican is upset that he no longer has any real power.

  5. Is Raymond related to Ted Cruz? Just askin' ...

  6. Lard Ass' idea of the cutting edge of the New Evangelization:

    Fr. Thomas Kocik says:

    26 March 2015 at 10:04 pm

    "I say this without benefit of having Bugnini’s memoirs on hand, but… as I recall, the Consilium reformers decided that priests should not function as deacons (at least, not while wearing diaconal vesture) out of respect for liturgical “authenticity.” That is why, in the Ordinary Form, priests do not have the option of serving as deacon of the Mass vested as deacons; they must either concelebrate Mass or assist in choro vested as priests (i.e., in chasuble [or at least alb and stole] or choir dress, but not diaconal stole and dalmatic). Up to now, I’ve had a problem with that (after all, priests remain deacons, no?). Given this preposterous scenario, I’m reconsidering."

  7. Paul VI explicitly banned the use of the galero. Guess ol' Burke is just another dude standing in line at the cafeteria...

  8. Bully Burke as pope? ROFLOL!

    Didn't a bunch of Polish-Americans thwart his efforts to steal their church so as to fund the pleasures of his perverted priests? Would they include his name in the Canon Missae if he became pope, nay, sovereign pontiff?

    1. No, they wouldn't, because they decided to schism.

  9. To be elected in conclave, a man needs his fellow cardinals to like him and trust his leadership. On that score, Raymond Burke stands a slightly worse chance of being proclaimed Pope of the Holy Roman Church than Bibi Netanyahu does of being named Caliph of the Islamic State.

  10. The SSPX prays for the pope and they're in schism, no matter what they say.

  11. They're in schism and they want to remain in schism. Go check out their sedevacantist best buddies over at Rorate:

    This is good news for those of us who are quite happy for the SSPX to be yet one more schismatic split off from the Roman Catholic Church, rather than to drag all of us backwards as if there were no Holy Spirit, no Pope, no College of Bishops and no Council held between 1962-65. The SSPX is as really "Catholic" as are the Old Catholics. Although the Old Catholics are at least courteous.

  12. Don't miss this ... Cardinal Raymond Burke: Gays, remarried Catholics, murderers are all the same ...

    1. I wonder how his Eminence would feel about his good friend Rochester spending his off time back in his hometown with a couple of priests whom have been shacking up for very long time and have even bought a retirement home together. Are the Monsignor and the Senior Priest the same as a murderer? Inquiring minds want to know.

    2. Uncle Ted would like an invite.

    3. Dainty Danielle might beat you to it.

    4. Dear Father D, thank you for hosting this space and being tolerant of free expression.

      Dear Cardinal Burke, go fuck yourself you ignorant buffoon.

    5. Is there no respect anymore for retired Monsignors and Senior Priests? Do you realize how much they've done for the Church and given of themselves? I am truly shocked. Did the parish have a shower to furnish their new home? Just wondering

    6. I don't think I'd be worried about these guys retired in poverty or want. Prolly had many happy showers together.

    7. All you anonymous flowers are making me wilt with your insider information on a whole florist shop of Providence pansies and their Rochester transplant. We are in great need of a Roundup here in the Flower City. Help .... please!

    8. Insider information? Honey, please! These old queens are not exactly hiding. Two Ordinaries prior to the present, it was almost a requirement that one be young cute and prayerful. The long ago retired ordinary was known to drop to his knees no matter the location whenever the desire to prey moved him.

  13. The crap-meters of the Catholic people are highly tuned to these clowns. They are an exotic sideshow in a sheltered workshop all of which has nothing to do with Jesus Christ, his Gospel or his people.

  14. If Burke should ever get in (and I truly hope not).. Orthodox here I come...