Cardinal Burke on Ristgate: “We seem in the Church to have fallen into a kind of totalitarian mentality.”

First, “Ristgate” refers to the papal punishment of Professor John Rist, a Catholic historian and philosopher who challenged Cardinal Cupich during a lecture in Cambridge England in February, 2018, about Pope’ Francis’ “revolution of mercy” which Cupich had just defended as a “paradigm shift” in Catholic practice. Rist more recently joined 90 other scholars in a letter accusing Francis of heresy.
“This is hardly surprising,” says Fr. Hunwicke, commenting on Cardinal Burke’s comment, “considering the papolatrous uebersuperhyperultrapapalism of the ideological cronies who support the Bergoglianist errors.” (Big words offered humorously refer to granting authority to the pope that is not rightly his.

It’s a severe criticism of Pope Francis as a pope exceeding his remit — as severe as you will find, and considerably more intriguing than most criticism.

Hunwicke continues: “Indeed, we . . . actually have so ‘fallen’!!”

Totalitarianism, he says, “has often (. . . always?) in so many cultures been accompanied by the unhealthy, unmanly adulation of the Dear Leader.” (Emphasis added.)

But “totalitarianism eventually cracks. Readers will remember those . . . video clips of the late [Romanian communist dictator] Ceausescu suddenly realising that the crowd spread out beneath his balcony are shouting against him rather than, as they had . . . been drilled to do, in mindless adoration.

“This one will crack, too. . . .” Hunwicke said.

“One detail intrigues me,” he added. “After the fall of totalitarianisms, the custom is that all of a sudden everybody turns out to have been a secret member of the Resistance! In 1945, this proved, miraculously, to be true of every single Frenchman/woman.”

And then he makes reference to the Chicago archbishop, unrelenting defender of the Pope: “Will even dear little Cupich turn out in the next pontificate to have been (behind the scenes, of course) a relentless and indefatigable opponent of Bergoglianism?”

Rist has more recently been banned from access to pontifical (Vatican-backed) universities, including one in Rome where he was turned away from the parking lot without notice and told he could no longer help a student with his dissertation.
He had joined the other scholars in signing a letter issued publicly in April accusing the Pope of heresy.
Fr. Hunwicke was one of the signers, as was Dr. Peter Kwasniewski — who, FYI, will be speaking on June 14 in Chicago at the regular Catholic Citizens of Illinois luncheon at the Union League Club.
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