Cardinal Burke: Attention to liturgical norms “an act of profound respect and love for Our Lord”


LISA JOHNSTON | .His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Leo Burke | Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura | Archbishop Emeritus of St. Louis in front of the shrine to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Cathedral Basilica of S

Here is a selection of quotations from His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke’s June 28th address “Liturgical Law in the Mission of the Church” at the Sacra Liturgia conference in Rome:

“The difference in the approach to the Sacred Liturgy from my first days in the seminary in the Fall of 1962 to the time of the post-Conciliar reforms was, to say the least, extreme, if not violent.”

“The post-conciliar period and accompanying euphoria manifested a general disdain for the Church’s perennial discipline.”

“Given the radical reform of the liturgical ties, a certain antinomian mentality easily led to a great deal of liturgical experimentation which was completely divorced from the discipline which had formerly governed the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy.”

“The right understanding of the Sacred Liturgy is, in fact, the key to the understanding of every dimension of life. That right understanding is safeguarded by the law, the discipline, which safeguards, first, the relationship of man with God.”

“Clearly, unless man recognizes and respects the ius divinum [the divine right / the right relationship between God and His creation, especially man] in what pertains to the Sacred Liturgy, he fails to recognize and respect the truth about creation and, above all, about himself. The failure to recognize and respect the ius divinum leads to idolatry, as the story of the Golden Calf demonstrates.”

“Only by observing and honouring the divine right that God be known, adored, and served as He desires and commands does man find his happiness in this life and in the life to come.”

“[The Sacred Liturgy cannot] be reduced to the activity of any individual, not even a priest, but must be governed, with respect for the divine right, by the law of the Church, by the supreme authority, that is, by the Roman Pontiff and by the Bishops in communion with him.”

“Sadly, after the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, but certainly not because of the teaching of the Council, many abuses in the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy took place.”

“The right attention to liturgical norms does not constitute a sort of legalism or rubricism, but an act of profound respect and love for our Lord who has given us the gift of divine worship, an act of profound love which has, as its irreplaceable foundation, the respect for the divine right.”


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6 Responses to Cardinal Burke: Attention to liturgical norms “an act of profound respect and love for Our Lord”

  1. Brother Burrito says:

    Soldiers wear different kit in the parade ground in front of their Sovereign, than they wear fighting hand to hand in the jungle. Camouflage and not saluting higher ranks are essential in the theatre of war to avoid being targeted by enemy snipers.

    The Church militant needs both high and low liturgy. They should not be seen to be in competition or to be despised by the other side.

    Can we get back to the battle please? The goons are over-running us out here!{edited by BB to remove “racist” word that upset someone}


  2. Laura says:

    Love and adore Cardinal Burke. He is spot on. Was honored to photograph him for an entire day and evening while he came to celebrate our church’s anniversary mass on May 31st AND my 12-yr old son was confirmed by him that day. He is so sweet and humble, kind and gentle.


  3. Susan yaden says:

    Cardinal Burke will be in Louisville, Ky. July 12 & 13 for The Church Teaches Forum. Friday night Holy Mass with his emenince as main Celebrant and Sat. talks along with Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, lunch included. Great annual event with the “militant” church.


  4. JabbaPapa says:

    Excellent comments by the Cardinal !!!


  5. piliersdelaterre says:

    Comments to deserve a full and generous rapprochement with the SSPX, a truly holy perspective on this protracted nightmare of form and belief.


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