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CULTURE OF LIFE STUDIES PROGRAM “According to Your Heart” Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke By William Mahoney, PhD This past summer, Cardinal Raymond Burke hosted the Fatima Centennial Summit: Heavenly Solution to Our Modern Day Crisis in Dallas and Irving, Texas. The event included many insights into the message of Fatima from popular authors and speakers such as Thomas McKenna, Fr. John Trigilio, John-Henry Westen, and Karl Keating. The event ended with a dinner and keynote address from Cardinal Burke. President of American Life League and founder of the organization’s Culture of Life Studies Program, Judie Brown, attended the summit and noted that the event “was replete with spiritual motivation, food for the soul, and blessings for everyone who attended.” 1 “As we reflected on Our Lady of Fatima’s message to the three children in 1917,” she continues, “we also reflected on the five Fatima prayers, one of which we prayed together as a group before each speaker took the podium. In addition, we prayed the rosary with Cardinal Burke, whose very presence there reminded us of the meaning of true devotion to prayer and action and the importance of taking the Lord’s loving message to a world in need of truth and justice.” A champion of faith Cardinal Burke fights valiantly for the Catholic faith and the salvation of souls. As a result, radicals within the visible Church, and the world for that matter, have targeted him with their criticism and contempt. Cardinal Burke has been criticized by these radicals since at least 2004 when he clarified publicly—per his duty as Archbishop of Denver at the time—that he would not give Holy Communion to John Kerry, a self-identifying Catholic who was then the Democratic presidential candidate. 2 In September 2016, Cardinal Burke became the target for criticism again in the wake of confusion surrounding Amoris Laetitia. He and three other cardinals sent dubia (formal questions) to Pope Francis asking for clarity on Paragraphs 300–500. The first question was a practical one regarding Catholics who are civilly divorced and remarried while the remaining four regarded core points of the Christian life. 3 In September 2017, Cardinal Burke did an exclusive interview with CatholicOutlook regarding bringing the dubia to a resolution, as a year has passed without a clear response from the pope. In the interview, Cardinal Burke responded as a lover of souls and pastor of the Catholic Church, stating: “The urgency of a response to the dubia derives from the harm done to souls by the confusion and error, which result, as long as the fundamental questions raised are not answered in accord with the constant teaching and practice of the Church. The urgency weighs very heavily on my heart.” 4 WINTER 2018 | Celebrate Life Magazine 27