Another peculiar development in Christendom.
The substance of Michael's condemnation is so unsettling one hardly knows where to begin.
Was he willing to twist Cardinal Burke's selfless sacrifice to speak the truth knowing he would be persecuted by the enemy forces now in control in the Vatican into a matter for the Confessional out of a knee-jerk reaction to Verecchio or because a donor threaten him?
Whatever the reason, it is stomach turning.
It's funny, when I read Verrechio's post I thought it was cheap and started a blog post I thankfully wasn't able to finish before Michael published his "clarification".
I highly doubt Michael is not in the loop with sources that now confirm Pope Francis' agenda is intentional, sneaky and catastrophically dangerous to the salvation of souls and unity of our 2000 year old Church.
It is one thing to make a decision that he personally is not in the position to sacrifice it all for the truth. I respect discernment on everyone's delicate balance of the good they can continue to do going 3/4 of the way or letting go of the money donors use to cover up the corruption on every level of everything.
I've been in this "business" for 20 year. His logic is so twisted, it has the stink of a donor.
But to take up arms against the people who have the highest level of sacrificial love for a handful of cash is as cheap as it gets.
Michael has been a tremendous help to us here in Boston and I have valued and defended his apostolate over the years. My initial reaction to this development was this is so far over the line, my own spirituality is calling me to distance myself from throwing Cardinal Burke under the bus with a screed indicating he is doing it out of holiness and respect for Christ's Church is too much for me.
Out of respect for him, I do not want to go into any more details on the reasons why, but much like he is distancing himself, I need to do the same.
He and all at CMTV have my prayers.