Disturbing yet unsurprising. Cardinal Burke being removed.
Cardinal Raymond Burke will soon be removed from his post as the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura and appointed patron of the Knights of Malta, according to Vatican jounalist Sandro Magister of L’Espresso.

If the Magister story is correct, the appointment would represent a significant demotion for the American prelate. Cardinal Burke currently presides over the Church’s highest canonical court. As patron of the Knights of Malta he would hold a role ordinarily filled by a retired cardinal, or by a prelate who simultaneously holds another more prominent position. At the relatively young age of 64, Cardinal Burke would ordinarily have been expected to take another prominent post in the Roman Curia, or as head of a major archdiocese, upon leaving the Apostolic Signatura.

The report in L’Espresso suggests that the replacement of Cardinal Burke would confirm the intent of Pope Francis to remove conservative prelates from the leadership of the Roman Curia and replace them with clerics who would be more attuned to his own pastoral priorities. Cardinal Burke has been among the most outspoken Roman defenders of traditional Catholic teaching and liturgical practice.

Cardinal Burke was appointed to the Apostolic Signatura in 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI, who also elevated him to the College of Cardinals in 2010. During his years of service on the Vatican tribunal, he has also kept a busy schedule of public speaking appearances and interviews. Ironically, the light duties of the patron of the Knights of Malta could leave the American cardinal with even more time available for public speaking and writing.

If Cardinal Burke leaves his current post, there will be no American cardinal heading any dicastery in the Roman Curia.


This could be a backhanded retirement for Cardinal Burke. More time to write, speak, agitate. People with little to do can always find something to do.

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Re: Disturbing yet unsurprising. Cardinal Burke being removed. - by Poche - 09-18-2014, 06:30 AM

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