Marx's claim is "ridiculous" says Burke

April 24, 2015
Source: District of the USA

Cardinal Burke takes Cardinal Marx to task for stating that the German dioceses are not subject to the Holy See.

On April 24, 2015 in an interview with German newspaper Die Welt, Cardinal Raymond Burke criticized Cardinal Reinhard Marx who suggested German Catholic dioceses are not a “subsidiary of Rome.”

We offer some extracts of this interview as reported in English at LifeSiteNews.

Cardinal Burke criticizes German cardinal’s ‘ridiculous’ claim that German Church is not a ‘subsidiary of Rome’

Note that the introductions to the citations are of SSPX.ORG.

I have not read Marx's declaration verbatim, but of course formulations like 'subsidiary of Rome' are ridiculous. We are all oriented toward Peter, that is the unity of the Catholic Church. 'Subsidiaries’—that is, the language of business, that does not belong to the Church. That is where obedience counts.”

Cardinal Raymond Burke criticized Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who suggested German Catholic dioceses are not a “subsidiary of Rome” on the question of Communion for ‘remarried’ couples.

About his resistance to a secular divorce for the Catholic Church:

Because we are not allowed to. We are bound to the teaching of the Church and her disciples. But, some synod fathers—and prominently among them Cardinal Walter Kasper—wanted to change exactly that.”

If the pope decides now against the indissolubility of marriage:

I would have to go to the Pope and tell him my conscientious reasons that I wish to follow the truth and in the same time wish to be an obedient servant of the Church. Obedience is such a high virtue.

I would have to speak in this case with the Holy Father, how I can stay loyal to the truth and in the same time not call off my obedience. But that is the reason why I speak so clearly because the Holy Father shall know that not all think like Cardinal Kasper.”

About the gender debate:

We are either man or woman, masculine or feminine, and true happiness stems from accepting and developing our sexual nature.

The homosexual tendency is a form of suffering that afflicts certain people. […] But I do not believe that homosexuality is genetically caused. It depends much upon the environment. In my parish, I had homosexual couples who were very unhappy about their sexual life.”

About marriage:

A marital bond is only possible between people of different sexes. From the point of view of the Church, there cannot exist a marriage between homosexuals.”

About the importance of the correct doctrine in the Church today:

Because she [the Church] keeps alive the consciousness of the dignity of man, because she respects life, the creation, because she holds sacred marriage and the family, because she knows repentance and forgiveness. A Lutheran recently said to me: 'We on our part have abolished the indissolubility of marriage, but I have always hoped that you Catholics will uphold it.'”

(Source:—Rome, April 24, 2015)