Cardinal Burke’s 10 Ways to Overcome Crisis of Confusion, Division in the Church

Edward Pentin reports in The National Catholic Register that Cardinal Raymond Burke has sought to explain the essence of the deep spiritual crisis facing the Church and the world in a wide-ranging and timely address. Most invaluably, he recognises the distress felt by many Catholics and offered pastoral suggestions and encouragement to the faithful on how to deal with it.

Stressing that Christ’s teachings do not change, he gave 10 ways to deal with the crisis:
  1. Study the Catechism more attentively and be prepared to defend the Church’s teaching;
  2. Recall the “many edifying signs” of fidelity to Christ among “many good and steadfast faithful, priests and bishops”;
  3. Have recourse to the Blessed Virgin Mary, imitate the oneness of her heart with Jesus;
  4. Invoke frequently, “throughout the day,” the intercession of St. Michael the Archangelas there is “definitely diabolical involvement in the ever spreading confusion, division and error within the Church”;
  5. Pray to St. Joseph daily to protect the Church from “confusion and division which are always the work of Satan”;
  6. Pray to the great pope saints who guided the Church in difficult times;
  7. Pray for the cardinals of the Church to give them “particular clarity and courage”;
  8. Be serene, knowing our confidence is in Christ, that the “gates of hell” will not prevail against the Church, and avoid a “worldly desperation” that is expressed in “aggressive and uncharitable ways.”
  9. Be ready to “accept ridicule, misunderstanding, persecution, exile and even death” to remain one with Christ in the Church, following the example of St. Athanasius and other great saints.
  10. Safeguard love for Pope Francis by praying fervently for him and seeking the intercession of St. Peter on his behalf. 
Cardinal Burke warned that schism is a “worldly way of thinking” that is “always and everywhere wrong.”

He concluded his talk by saying that although we may be in the end times, “it is not for us to worry” about this but rather “to remain faithful, generous and courageous” in serving Christ, knowing that his victory is already written.

Please do read the full article here.


  1. So much for the Dubia. Cardinal Burke could have spewed this blather and kept his position in the Vatican. Why even bother?

    1. I do wonder (in respect of the citation of Matthew I have given below) whether, as it is a Spiritual Work of Mercy, i.e. 'charity', to admonish the sinner, if failure to correct the sinner is, as Our Lord said, an instance of true 'charity' grown cold in the face of iniquity.

    2. "9.Be ready to “accept ridicule, misunderstanding, persecution, exile and even death” to remain one with Christ in the Church, following the example of St. Athanasius and other great saints"

      Obviously a case of "do as I say, not as I do..."

  2. When the Cardinal is asking that we be 'serene' and not 'aggressive' and 'uncharitable' he is on solid ground. I recalled these words of Our Lord when I read the Cardinal's words:

    "Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall put you to death: and you shall be hated by all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be scandalized: and shall betray one another: and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall seduce many.

    And because iniquity hath abounded, the charity of many shall grow cold. But he that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved.

    And this gospel of the kingdom, shall be preached in the whole world, for a testimony to all nations, and then shall the consummation come." Matthew 24:9-14

  3. All excellent points and things that I need to remember. Thank you Cardinal Burke and thank you Mark for posting this :)

  4. Cardinal Burke and Co. all have the power and influence to stand up for the faith. We the faithful in the pews, not so much. So far it has been a half hearted attempt with no follow up from the Dubia when it was promised that that would happen. Of course we need to be charitable. It doesn't matter whether Francis and Co. are Satan and his minions, we have to pray for him (of which I do daily), but it seems that this is just an attempt to quiet the lay faithful down, and instilling the fear of being 'uncharitable' if we dare to open our mouths. What I got out of all of this was that we are to just 'roll over and play dead', God will handle it all. I would think that the Church Militant (THAT'S US!) is more than just a punching bag for the modernists to abuse. No of course, you don't call them names and berate them but when they are in error, they are in error and the Church MUST be defended. I will not hesitate to call their error heresy (even from the Pope) and even if not 'formal' heresy. In all actuality, I would call THAT Charity. I'm glad to see that some of our Bishops are standing up to this publicly, but they are far and few between.

  5. Cardinal Burke has many wonderful things to say in this talk. His list is good and solid.

    But...the New Testament is replete with calls to REBUKE those who deface, twist and pollute the Gospel.


  6. Perhaps without naming names, and in view of Jude 1:9:

    "But Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing judgment, but said, 'The Lord rebuke thee'."

    Those cardinals and clerics who have Faith in Jesus Christ and the inestimable efficacy of the Holy Mass might publicly do the following:

    Offer an announced Mass for a given date and time with this stated intention:

    "That Christ the King will swiftly rebuke His enemies and deliver His Bride, Our Holy Mother the Church, from those who violate her."

    Who could object to that?

  7. Just in furtherance of my last comment, let the squeamish not wring their hands over the use of the word"enemies" for God in His Mercy chastises and rebukes those He loves, ie.:

    Proverbs 3:12 "For whom the Lord loveth, he chastiseth: and as a father in the son he pleaseth himself. ...."

    Mark 8:33 " And Jesus rebuked Peter..." - surely He loved Peter -

    Matthew 16:23 " And Jesus rebuked Peter..."

    Hebrews 12:6 "For whom the Lord loveth, he chastiseth; and he scourgeth every son whom he receiveth...."

    Revelation 3:19 "Such as I love, I rebuke and chastise. Be zealous therefore, and do penance...."


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