On Tuesday in Vienna Cardinal Burke presented the German Translation of a book on the family to which he had contributed. I moderated a panel discussion with him video and audio of which is now online.
As planned, before the discussion I gave an introductory talk in which I talked about Mozart and Richard Strauss. And Prof. Stark had given a brilliant lecture on the philosophical presuppositions of Cardinal Kasper’s theology, analyzing Kasper’s book An Introduction to Christian Faith, and showing how its historicist teachings undermine the dogmatic claims it is supposed to support. Stark ended on an ironic note with the following quote from Kasper:
Without the courage, one might almost say the audacity, to make definitive decisions and assertions, the Christian faith would betray and surrender itself. But it is here that the strength and power of the Faith lies. The Faith can promise persons a definitive and final meaning with assurance. A Church that no longer had the strength for such audacity would richly deserve that no one take any interest in the idle chatter to which her preaching would devolve.
[Ohne den Mut, man könnte schon fast sagen ohne die Verwegenheit zu endgültigen Entscheidungen und Aussagen würde sich der christliche Glaube selbst aufgeben. Genau hier liegt aber auch seine Stärke und Kraft. Er kann dem Menschen endgültigen Sinn verheißen und zusprechen. Eine Kirche, welche dazu nicht mehr die Kraft besitzt, würde es in hohem Maße verdienen, daß sich niemand mehr um ihre zum Geschwätz verkommene Verkündigung interessiert.]
We didn’t discuss the Holy Father’s views in the panel, but Diane Montagna, Rome correspondent of Aleteia and a former student of my father’s, was there, and Cardinal Burke gave her an interview in which emphasized his loyalty to the Holy Father, which some have called into question.
On Monday evening I had celebrated a requiem in the great baroque Karlskirche at which the Cardinal had assisted from the throne in cappa magna, and on Tuesday evening in the same church Cardinal celebrated a glorious pontifical High Mass. A priest of my acquaintance said afterwards “the monarchy of God appeared in all its splendor and legitimacy”— that made me smile. On Wednesday Cardinal Burke was here in Heiligenkreuz for vespers supper and compline.