Might Great Schism Cardinal's Lying to St. Vincent shed light on why Cdl. Burke appears to be running away?
Latin language expert Br. Alexis Bugnolo gives a brief summary of why Saint Vincent Ferrer was
wrong on who was the real pope during the Great Western Schism. It
appears that this history may shed light on our present crisis on why
Cardinal Raymond Burke appears to be running away from Br. Bugnolo and
apparently is lying:
"... Saint Vincent for all his supernatural gifts, erred for many years, because he put his trust in his favorite Cardinal, who was lying to him. And he never bothered to examine the case calmly according to the principles of the law. — He was not a canon lawyer, and so that failing is understandable in a man who was so humble as to never think evil of others. But it nevertheless was such a grave error in law, that God Himself did not give him the grace to see it by supernatural means. The truth came to him by the testimony of fellow men."
Moreover, on Doctor of the Church St. Francis de Sales's teachings on deposing a heretical pope is he lying as that cardinal lied to St. Vincent?
Here is the evidence:
to Dictionary.com, the definition of the word "lying" as a noun is "the
telling of lies, or false statements; untruthfulness," whereas as a
adjective it means "telling or containing lies, deliberately untruthful;
It appears that Cardinal Burke may be lying in the sense of "telling... false statements." Only Burke can tells us if he is "deliberately [being] untruthful."
Cardinal Burke in his recent interview with the New York Times the newspaper asked him to explain his implications of Francis possibly backing heresy in the Amazon Synod working document, stating:
"You're effectively implying that the pope would be leading a schism?"
Burke responded: "Yes."
The Times then asked: "Isn't that a deep contradiction of how Catholics think about the office of the papacy?"
"Of course. Exactly. It's a total contradiction. I pray that this wouldn't happen. And to be honest with you, I don't know how to address such a situation. As far as I see, there's no mechanism in the universal law of the church to deal with such a situation."
(New York Times, "Cardinal Burke: I'm called the Enemy of the Pope, which I am Not," November 9, 2019)
As far as I can see, Cardinal Burke in that paragraph made a "false statement" because in an 2016 interview with the Catholic World Report website in responding to questions he apparently said exactly the opposite:
"CWR: Can the pope legitimately be declared in schism or hersey?"
"Cardinal Burke: 'If a Pope would formally profess heresy he would cease, by that act, to be the Pope. It's automatic. And so, that could happen... '"
"... CWR: Who is competent to declare him to be in heresy?"
"Cardinal Burke: 'It would have to be members of the College of Cardinals.'"
(Catholic World Report, "No, I am not saying that Pope Francis is in heresy," December 19, 2016)
Sadly, it is almost impossible to believe that Burke could say "there's no mechanism in the universal law of the church to deal with such a situation."
As the Catholic World Report interview shows, he knows the teachings of the Doctors of the Church and some of the greatest theologians of the Church summed up by Doctor of the Church St. Francis de Sales:
"The Pope.. when he is explicitly a heretic... the Church must either deprive him or as some say declare him deprived of his Apostlic See."
(The Catholic Controversy by St. Francis de Sales, Pages 305-306)
If Cardinal Burke or anyone else can show me that I am wrong in the above piece I will be happy to delete this post and apologize. But, I cannot honestly see where I am wrong.
Pray an Our Father now for reparation for the sins committed because of Francis's Amoris Laetitia.