Cardinal Burke Warns Synod Threatens to Spread ‘Devastation’ of German Church to ‘Universal Church’

On Sunday, the Feast of Pentecost, U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke warned graduates of Thomas Aquinas College about the potential “devastating” impact the upcoming October meeting of the Synod of Bishops may have on “the universal Church.”

“We live in very troubled and troubling, sometimes seemingly apocalyptic, times,” His Eminence remarked in his commencement address.

“We witness in the world the denial of our very nature as God has created us. What is more, the rebellion and revolution is sustained by some from within the Church, even by some who are called and ordained to shepherd the flock.”

“We witness the devastating results for the Church in Germany,” he continued. “The current sessions of the Synod of Bishops threaten to extend the same devastation to the universal Church.”

Thomas Aquinas College is a Catholic liberal arts school founded in 1971. It operates two campuses, one in Santa Paula, California and the other in Northfield, Massachusetts, which opened in 2019 and is where Burke spoke this weekend.

Endorsed by the Cardinal Newman Society, the college utilizes a Great Books curriculum and offers students the opportunity to attend the Traditional Latin Mass daily.

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