Jan 102011
 
 interview with Cardinal Burke

Click on image for Gloria.tv interview with Cardinal Burke

I was just sent a link to this interview with U.S. Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature, by an European Catholic priest, a dedicated cardinal watcher with affiliations with Gloria.tv. Among other things the new cardinal talks candidly about abortion, communion in the hand, etc.

I had asked my European friend about Cardinal Bertone’s papability, further to my recent efforts to see if the Secretary of State cum Camerlengo is an obvious choice. Please refer to notes at the bottom of this January 6, 2011 posting.

Like me he believes that Cardinal Bertone is papabile, but only because there aren’t that many obvious, stand-out candidates. That is really also my thinking.

But, he, an European, surprised me by stating that he thinks that Cardinal Burke might be an even better candidate! Wow. That is the first time I have heard an European propose an US cardinal for pope. Please see this November 10, 2010 post. I will do another post on Cardinal Bertone shortly.

Enjoy. Cheers,
Anura Guruge

  3 Responses to “Gloria.TV January 4 Interview With New U.S. Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke”

  1. First time I hear Raymond Burke speak. Does not strike me as a very good speaker I must say. Besides, he spends 3 minutes talking about a moral issue like abortion and the rest of the 20 minute interview about formalities of the Mass – Tridentine Mass, communion formula and receiving communion on the tongue vs. the hand (can you say hepatitis?)
    This is the first time I heard about the “for many”/”for all” controversy, although I admit that “for all” sounds kinda universalist.

    By the way, did he lose weight? He looks chubbier on his wiki page, although maybe the full regalia add 15 pounds. :)

  2. I was not familiar with the pre-cardinal Burke. I did a search of Google images. There is a picture from his youth where he is slim. Yes, chubbiness and a few chins appear to have crept in with age and status.
    If he has lost weight maybe he has some health issues — and is on a diet/exercise regime or is just losing weight. Something to keep an eye on.
    I am sure it can’t be a shortage of victuals. Even with archdioceses going belly-up, bishops and cardinals still appear to lead a rather salubrious life with no shortage of good food, vintage wine, Cuban cigars (sent over in the diplomatic pouch from the Vatican), the best port from Portugal, expensive cheese, malt whiskey and luxury cars.
    As for his speaking style … maybe he is already practicing speaking in Italian and was hamstrung having to do this interview in American.
    I still haven’t listened to all 20 minutes of it! SORRY.
    Busy shoveling snow. 6 hours of shoveling since yesterday. My pounds are just dropping off. But, then again, I eat and drink modestly … like an hermit. I even dilute my wine!
    Cheers. Another couple of hours of shoveling this evening.

  3. If he has lost weight maybe he has some health issues — and is on a diet/exercise regime or is just losing weight. Something to keep an eye on.

    Now that you say that, he did sound older than his 62 years, so I really wonder if he might be having health problems.

    I am sure it can’t be a shortage of victuals. Even with archdioceses going belly-up, bishops and cardinals still appear to lead a rather salubrious life with no shortage of good food, vintage wine, Cuban cigars (sent over in the diplomatic pouch from the Vatican), the best port from Portugal, expensive cheese, malt whiskey and luxury cars.

    Rank hath its privileges. The only thing missing is the archdiocesan whorehouse it seems. :)

    As for his speaking style … maybe he is already practicing speaking in Italian and was hamstrung having to do this interview in American.

    Maybe he should have given the interview in German. Maybe I would have understood the young German priest (he doesn’t look a day over 18, are seminarians and order pledges allowed to wear the black robe and the collar?) better then, as he was hard to understand what with his accent and poor audio quality.

    I still haven’t listened to all 20 minutes of it! SORRY.

    I’d be very interested in your take on it, especially the priorities of the interview. No word about condoms/birth control/HIV, whether general or in reference to B16′s comments, no word about clergy abuse, just a few minutes on abortion.

    Busy shoveling snow. 6 hours of shoveling since yesterday. My pounds are just dropping off.

    Good exercise!

    But, then again, I eat and drink modestly … like an hermit. I even dilute my wine!

    There is a song that goes (in my poor impromtu translation into English) something like this.
    I don’t drink diluted wine
    Pure water, pure wine,
    even when drunk it’s bad,
    but when buzzed it’s just pitiful”

    Cheers. Another couple of hours of shoveling this evening.

    I had to do some shoveling myself, here in the South. Worst snowstorm around here in decades, compounded by sheer incompetence and unpreparedness of our state and local government.

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