Rather, what Cardinal Burke said was "that in his opinion a general lack of clarity regarding the Pope’s position had caused harm to the Church." In brief, he did not fault the Pope, but the "general lack of clarity" for harming the Church. Buzz Feed has reprinted the entire text of the interview. I appreciate Cardinal Burke's statement to set things right and to get his exact wording out there. But now new questions are raised.
- Why, oh why, would there be any lack of clarity about the Pope's positions regarding divorced/remarried/adulterous relationships and sodomite situations? The Magisterium has spoken on these things for 1000+ years. Somehow I think that Pope Benedict XVI would have made his own positions crystal clear.
- Cardinal Burke asked the Pope to issue defense of the Church's teachings in light of the flim-flam that was called the interim relatio. I do not believe that defense ever came.
- Let me elaborate on my previous sentence. Here is the Pope's closing address. In it, he states "And this always – we have said it here, in the Hall – without ever putting into question the fundamental truths of the Sacrament of marriage: the indissolubility, the unity, the faithfulness, the fruitfulness, that openness to life." That is not a definitive defense of the Church's teachings. All he claimed here is that these teachings were not called into question during the SinNod; the interim relatio contradicts the Holy Father here.
So that little bit was cleared up. Cardinal Burke did not attack the pope - as if I ever believed he did. Will these other questions be answered?