Is Cardinal Burke an adulterer?
It’s a silly question, of course. But as Rocco whispered, he “doubled down” on the synod’s Christmas gay question:
This is a very delicate question, and it’s made even more delicate by the aggressiveness of the homosexual agenda.
On the other hand, not every gay family member has her or his claws out, driving a political agenda at every family gathering. I think we can compare and contrast the number of times a gay family member has come home for the holidays, and the number of times they come bearing pamphlets, children’s books on sex, and preaching at heterosexual family members to divorce and marry someone of their same sex.
But one has to approach this in a very calm, serene, reasonable and faith-filled manner. If homosexual relations are intrinsically disordered, which indeed they are — reason teaches us that and also our faith — then, what would it mean to grandchildren to have present at a family gathering a family member who is living [in] a disordered relationship with another person?
Or are same-sex relations disordered? Really.
What if people are born that way? What if God made them that way?
And even if not, then the situation would be what the Church has accurately identified as immoral conduct, which is, as far as I can tell, one thing: sexual activity. Sexual activity of any kind seems wrong in the presence of children.
According to press reports, it was the raising of the Christmas gay question that brought warm applause. I don’t recall the couple suggesting one response as better than another. I don’t think the matter has been written into canon law and Cardinal Burke will struggle to keep up with the updates. I think the question has been raised, and a lot of people can think about it.
It seems a more common experience than gay sex breaking out under the Christmas tree. Dare we say that sex breaking out in rectories and youth trips and even on pilgrimages and retreats is more common than gay aunts and uncles doing “evil” things in front of children? Dare we call Cardinal Burke an adulterer, if we think he’s scrambling a little too aggressively in the face of a rigorist agenda?
It’s a silly question, right?
What do you suppose the answer could be? I don’t know the man. I suspect that he’s trying his best to live the Gospel and urge others to do likewise. I don’t think he’s living in sin. I don’t think he has turned his head while his clergy abused children. His pastoral ministry as a shepherd may have come into conflict with his calling as a canon lawyer. I am sure he decided in favor of the smell of sheep every time, as best as he saw it. And that no evil thing he might have ever done, cannot somehow be undone.
Silly question, right?