A few weeks back I noted how Cardinal Burke is Getting There, in that he is picking up on some of the serious problems within the Church right now. Some of what he said matched up quite well with observations and critiques which have been made in the “Christian Manosphere.” Well, it seems like he is still on the same page with this part of the web. On January 23rd he gave a homily on the marriage between St. Joseph and the Virgin Mary. Thanks to Catholicism Pure & Simple, I was alerted to the homily and spotted something quite interesting. Here is one selection from that homily:
Contemplating the Marriage of the Blessed Virgin Mary with Saint Joseph, we see how, at the very beginning of the work of salvation, God the Father took care that the conception of His only-begotten Son in our human flesh be virginal, as it indeed must be, but, at the same time, completely legitimate, so that it manifest fully the truth, beauty and goodness of God. God the Son is virginally conceived in the womb of Mary, Wife of Saint Joseph. The Gospel according to Saint Matthew is marked, in particular, by attention to the juridical nature of our faith and its practice, presenting Christ as the New Moses, the New Lawgiver, most eminently in the Sermon on the Mount. It is inconceivable that God the Son, at His Incarnation, would not respect fully, indeed would not bring to perfection, both the virginity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the sanctity of her marriage to Saint Joseph.
The accurate understanding of the marital status of Saint Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mary is important for our fuller knowledge and love of the Mystery of Faith, but it is also important for the avoidance of a confusion and an error which are common today. Reference is made to the serious situation in the revised edition of The Father John A. Hardon, S.J. Basic Catholic Catechism Course. It will be helpful to quote a part of his treatment of the subject:
The fact that Jesus was virginally conceived and born after the marriage of Mary and Joseph means that Jesus was conceived and born within wedlock. This is contrary to what so many, even priests, are saying at the present time, namely, that Jesus was born out of wedlock, like the children of so many unmarried women today, and that this is not an “abnormal” situation. A pregnant, un-wed mother is said to be, according to these people, in the same condition as Mary, who they claim was also un-wed at the time she conceived Jesus. This is false; it is indeed a very serious falsehood, for it undermines the sanctity of marriage and the reason for that sanctity. It is said by defenders of this position that Jesus was conceived after Mary and Joseph were engaged, but not yet married. (The Father John A. Hardon, S.J. Basic Catholic Catechism Course, Manual, Revised Edition, ed. Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke.),
The erroneous position described above is held not only by those who knowingly dissent from the constant teaching of the Church but also by many individuals who are simply poorly catechized and therefore fall prey to such false teaching.
I found Cardinal Burke’s message here interesting in light of a recent post by Dalrock, Don’t Overlook Single Mothers. In that post Dalrock quotes from the infamous Mark Driscoll. Here is the quote:
I’ll say one more thing, and that is for those of you men who are single, don’t overlook single moms. Don’t overlook single moms. Paul talks about this at the end of Timothy, where he talks about there are some godly single moms, he calls them widows, who should not be overlooked. But some men are looking for sort of a particular script they have written out. They want a woman just to show up, who meets the criteria and can read the lines. That’s not what God might have for you. Don’t overlook the single moms, and don’t overlook the opportunity to do what Joseph did for Jesus and that is to adopt a child that is not your biological child, and to raise them lovingly as Joseph did for the Lord Jesus. And so, this is a huge part of our theology as well and I would exhort the men not to overlook the single moms.
Sadly, this isn’t nearly so bad as another comment by Driscoll, in which he explicitly called the Theotokos a “single mom.” I don’t think it necessary to explain to my readers everything wrong with this statement. Rather, I mention it because I find it fascinating that Cardinal Burke would address it when he did. I am hopeful that he really is on the same page as Dalrock and some of us around these parts. God willing, the Cardinal is starting to get just how insidious and pervasive the rot of Churchianity has become.
Addendum: I am curious if this is just happenstance, or a sign of things to come. So I’m asking my readers to pass along to me any other indications of major leaders within the Church who seem to be “getting there” or are “on the same page.” If there are any out there, they deserve credit and recognition. And it would be comforting to know that they exist.