Martyr Cardinals

See this online text:

  • ‘“Intrepid, Even to the Shedding of His Blood”: Homily on the occasion of the Ordinary Public Consistory, November 20, 2010′, by Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, D.D., J.C.D., from Inside the Vatican, November 23, 2010. May be read online on this page of Catholic Culture. Another copy is reproduced in the post “The Calling of a Cardinal: ‘Intrepid, Even to the Shedding of His Blood’”, 28 June 2017, at OnePeterFive, which describes it thus:
    • “Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke’s Sermon on St. Cecilia’s Day: Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving on the occasion of the Ordinary Public Consistory, November 20, 2010, Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr, November 22, 2010, Chapel of the Immaculate Conception of the Pontifical North American College, Rome”.
  • Also reproduced, with comments by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, in the post “Card. Burke’s first big sermon as Cardinal S.R.E.” at Fr. Z’s Blog.

On the history and function of the College of Cardinals and on the office (or munus) of its members, one may read the following:

  • Apostolic Constitution “Universi Dominici Gregis” on the Vacancy of the Apostolic See and the Election of the Roman Pontiff, by Pope St. John Paul II (22 February 1996), available at the Holy See; as amended by Pope Benedict XVI through the Apostolic Letter issued “Motu Proprio” Reinstating the Traditional Norms for the Majority Required to Elect the Supreme Pontiff (June 11, 2007), available in LatinFrench and German at the Holy See, and the Apostolic Letter issued “Motu Proprio” on Certain Modifications to the Norms Governing the Election of the Roman Pontiff (22 February 2013), available at the Holy See.

  • Christ’s Kingdom on Earth: or, The Church and Her Divine Constitution, Organization, and Framework, Explained for the People, by Rev. James L. Meagher (New York: Russell Bros., 1892). With Imprimatur. Available in multiple formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.  [See Chapter xii: “The College of Cardinals”.]

  • The Externals of the Catholic Church: Her Government, Ceremonies, Festivals, Sacramentals, and Devotions, by Rev. John Francis Sullivan (New York : P. J. Kenedy & Sons, 1917). With Imprimatur. May be read online or downloaded in multiple formats at Internet Archive and Open Library (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Kelly Library, University of Toronto). The 2nd edition with Imprimatur, revised to conform to the new code of canon law (New York: P. J. Kenedy & sons, 1918), may be read online or downloaded in multiple formats at Open Library. [See Chapter ii: “The Cardinals and the Roman Court”.]

  • The Visible Church, Her Government, Ceremonies, Sacramentals, Festivals and Devotions, a Compendium of “The Externals of the Catholic Church”, 5th ed., rev., by Rev. John F. Sullivan; with 120 illustrations from pen drawings by the author. (New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1922). Available at Open Library. [See Lesson 2: “The Cardinals and the Roman Court”.]

On the Feast of St. John Fisher, Cardinal of the Roman Church, and St. Thomas More in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. From the text:

“Although not every Cardinal will be called to give his life in red martyrdom for the sake of the Church and, above all, for the sake of the exercise of the ministry of the Vicar of Christ on earth, he is called daily to be intrepid, to give his life in white martyrdom, steadfastly and courageously defending the Catholic Church and her holy faith in the care of Saint Peter and his successors…

“The Cardinal today is called, in a special way, to assist the Roman Pontiff in announcing all of the truths of the faith, but, in a particular way, the truth regarding the natural moral law to be observed for the good of all in society… [and] to assist the Successor of Saint Peter, in handing on, in an unbroken organic line, what Christ Himself has given us in the Church, His Eucharistic Sacrifice…”

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