He regards himself as the guardian of a faith he did not invent, a faith he has no right to reinvent when its teachings fall out of fashion. A shepherd in this mold defends gospel values and church teachings, whether convenient or inconvenient.Please read it all by clicking here and supporting good journalism.
Such pastors rarely become media darlings. But they do make a difference. After fewer than five years, Burke will leave St. Louis with bursting-at-the-seams seminary enrollment, a reinvigorated pro-life movement, stirrings of liturgical renewal and a flock that no longer can plead ignorance about what the Catholic Church teaches.
This legacy — along with Burke's down-on-the-farm humility, self-deprecating humor and habit of sticking around a gathering to greet every person who wants to say hello — has won him more fans than most press reports suggest. They know from firsthand experience what a true pastor is: a man who cares enough to tell them the truth, no matter how unpopular it may be.
HT to St. Louis Catholic.