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A Choired Taste

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a striking Catholic News Service photograph from the 131st annual Knights of Columbus convention on 6 August 2013 in San Antonio, Texas:


North American church leaders are pictured during the opening Mass of the 131st annual Knights of Columbus convention Aug. 6 in San Antonio. Pictured in front, from left, are Cardinals Theodore E. McCarrick, Justin Rigali (partly obscured), Sean P. O'Malley, Donald W. Wuerl, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, James M. Harvey and Raymond L. Burke (far right). (Catholic News Service photo/courtesy of Knights of Columbus)

H/T  USCCB Facebook page.

36 comments:

  1. Burke leads he does not follow. Burke ROCKS!!

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  2. I don't think I quite understand why this picture is so "shocking". Could someone please explain it to me? Thanks.

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  3. It says striking, not shocking. Maybe focus on what he's NOT doing.

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  4. Great photo but what is Cardinal Burke doing with Dolan and Doris?

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  5. This is a Novus Ordo Mass, Cardinal Burke is not concelebrating Mass and is in Traditional Vestments.

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  6. Mr. Bwangi Kilonzo thanks a lot for the explanation!

    Cardinal Burke and the Knights are great assets.

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  7. Cardinal Burke knows that he will never be among the BFF of the Bergoglio's Politburo, thus he may do as he pleases, meaning he is free to act like a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. God Bless him and priests and bishop like him.

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  8. Cardinal Burke is "in choir" wearing choir dress, note he is facing at 90 degrees to the others.

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  9. Anchorite,

    Too bad he does not exercise his "freedom" by refusing to associate with the NO.

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  10. I would avoid reading too much significance into this image. Several of the U.S. cardinals pictured also have assisted in coro at Ordinary Form Masses many times before (e.g. Cardinal O'Malley) It is my guess that Cardinal Burke didn't concelebrate simply because he's not an "American Cardinal" any more -- that is to say, he isn't the ordinary or auxiliary of a U.S. diocese. His assisting in choir dress is appropriate for what I assume is his attending the KC Supreme Convention as a representative of the Vatican.

    [Carinal DiNardo isn't in the photo; I know he regularly assists in choir dress when a non-cardinal is the celebrant]

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  11. Great to see Cardinal Burke wearing the vestments of a Cardinal, lace Surplice and all. I don't know much about the other Prelates pictured here, but Cardinal Rigali is know to be a Pope Benedict XVl style Cardinal. He has said that he strongly believes that Benedict XVl will be declared a Doctor of the Church.

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  12. It's a profound photograph. On the left, the weight of numbers selling what we are told is Catholicism. On the right, a lone remnant holding to what we know the Faith to be.

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  13. Waverley,
    Oh,you said it so beautifully. May Our Lady, whose Assumption Feast approaches, protect Cardinal Burke. Peace be to you.

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  14. Gratitude to Waverley for a wonderful comment. Cardinal Burke offered a wonderful pontifical TLM Mass for us in Sydney Australia a little while ago.

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  15. Are you aware of what he has recently said about Bergoglio’s liturgical practices? See: “Cardinal Burke sees ‘perfect continuity’ between Popes Benedict, Francis in liturgical teaching” (http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=18580): Who is he kidding?

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  16. What I find most striking about the photo is the orientation -- or rather, the lack thereof.

    Everything and everybody seems to be facing at something other than parallel to or at a right angle to the table (beg pardon, altar), which is remarkably small given the number of concelebrants.

    The co-celebrants are all standing stage left from the altar, and facing slighly more stage left.

    Cardinal Burke's prie-dieu is facing slightly diagonally to the altar in the opposite direction.

    The picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe is facing at a slightly different angle from any of the foregoing.

    I can't tell what that golden object is, but it also seems to be facing at a still different angle from everything else.

    Presumably the concelebrants are facing the congregation.

    Perhaps it would all make more sense if we had the whole picture, but I doubt it.

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  17. "Quasi LEO in iumentis silvarum"!

    ("...et quasi catulus leonis in gregibus pecorum
    qui cum transierit et conculcaverit et ceperit
    non est qui eruat...")

    Micah 5:8

    I challenge anyone to find a better caption!

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  18. \\Great to see Cardinal Burke wearing the vestments of a Cardinal, lace Surplice and all.\\

    Angelo, a surplice is NOT one of the vestments of a cardinal.

    Cardinal Burke is wearing a ROCHET, not a surplice. The rochet is part of the choir dress of a prelate.

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  19. I love the parentheses: "Justin Rigali (partially obscured)" and "Raymond L. Burke (far right)"! Whoever runs that Facebook page has a sense of humor!

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  20. Rorateman said:

    "Quasi LEO in iumentis silvarum"!

    ("...et quasi catulus leonis in gregibus pecorum
    qui cum transierit et conculcaverit et ceperit
    non est qui eruat...") Micah 5:8

    I challenge anyone to find a better caption!


    Hmm... I think that under Francis, he'll probably end up more

    "sicut catulus leonis habitans in abditis"! Ps 16:12

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  21. Fr Cekada:

    Touché!

    Though I do hope you're wrong. It is possible that Pope Francis will come to see the merits and usefulness of a Cardinal with principles, especially if the Holy Ghost has anything to do with it.

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  22. May God Bless Cardinal Burke!! Many prayers should be said for the rest of the Cardinals.

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  23. Cardinal Burke on the right side represents the sheep of Our Lords' pasture, the others on the left, well, what are they about? Goats perhaps?

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  24. Vert good for cardinal Burke to sit in Choir. My skin would crawl to have to be obliged to go along with the herd which includes Theodore E. McCarrick who should have been laicized years ago. Concelebration is present form is modern, absurd and Antonio Cardinal Cañizares Llovera, the incumbent Prefect of the Congregation of Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, presented a new book on the subject of eucharistic concelebration by Mgr Guillaume Derville, Eucharistic Concelebration: from symbol to reality.
    That is to say: the liturgy, and within it the act of concelebration, will be beautiful when it is true and authentic, when its innate splendour is really reflected. It is in this context that we should understand the question posed by the Holy Father regarding concelebrations with a large number of priests: “For my part,” said the Pope, “I have to say, it remains a problem because concrete communion in the celebration is fundamental, and I do not consider that the definitive answer has really been found. I also raised this question during the last Synod but it was not answered. I also had another question asked regarding the concelebration of Mass: why, for example, if a thousand priests concelebrate, do we not yet know whether this structure was desired by the Lord?”

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  25. Concelebrating Cardinals in order of their appointment to the Sacred College:

    #5 (partly obscured as well): H.Em. Edwin F. O’Brien, Grand Master of the Equestrian Order (Knights) of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

    #6: H.Em. Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto

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  26. If a bishop of a lower rank is presiding at a mass, the higher ranking cardinals should have been in choir dress. Ref. Ceremonial of Bishops. Cardinal Burke simply followed the rules.

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  27. Never use the word "preside". The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is not a committee or gathering. Mass is either "said" "offered" or "celebrated". Americans Catholics "Presider" is not a correct or fitting word... stop using it!

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  28. Very cool and thanks for all the explanations. I love this Cardinal and he is a light in the darkness.

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