Sounds of Silence

By: Karl Keating, November 30, 2016

Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan starred in a delightful romantic comedy called The Shop Around the Corner (1940). I don’t know why the movie’s title included Around the Corner, since the location of the shop was not integral to the story. Maybe director and producer Ernst Lubitsch suspected that calling the movie merely The Shop wouldn’t have worked to draw in moviegoers.

I have to admit that the movie has nothing to do with the topic of this post, which is the four cardinals’ dubia concerning Amoris Laetitia. The movie came to mind—or, I should say, the phrase “around the corner” came to mind—because it was “around the corner” that I found Cardinal Raymond Burke’s residence when I was in Rome a few months ago.

If you walk from St. Peter’s Square toward Castel Sant’Angelo, right at the beginning of Via della Conciliazione there’s a small cross street. Walk down that a few steps, and you come to the building where Burke lives.

It’s just around the corner.

I wasn’t there to talk about the dubia, since the document by the four cardinals was submitted to Pope Francis months later, in September. At the end of our chat Burke and I exchanged literary trinkets. I gave him a copy of my then-latest book, Apologetics the English Way, and he gave me a copy of his Divine Love Made Flesh: The Holy Eucharist as the Sacrament of Charity.

A friend of the cardinal

And that brings me to Thomas McKenna. He is the founder and president of Catholic Action for Faith and Family, the purpose of which is deducible from its name. The small apostolate, established about a decade ago, is headquartered in San Diego. It is the publisher of Burke’s book.

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