Pope Demotes Outspoken American Conservative Cardinal

This isn’t good news, but everyone knew it was coming.

From Newsmax:

Pope Francis on Saturday demoted an outspoken conservative American cardinal who has been highly critical of the pontiff’s reformist leadership of the Roman Catholic Church.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, 66, was removed as head of the Vatican’s highest court and appointed to the ceremonial post of chaplain of the charity group Knights of Malta.

The move, which the Vatican announced on Saturday without comment, had been expected. Burke said last month he had been told he would move to a new job but did not know when.

Burke, who until Saturday was the highest-ranking American in the Vatican, gave a series of recent interviews criticising the pope and had emerged as the face of conservative opposition to Francis’ reform agenda.

Read the rest there.

Pray for the Church.

UPDATED:  Rorate Caeli now has the story too.  Soon it will be all over the web.

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4 Responses to Pope Demotes Outspoken American Conservative Cardinal

  1. Francis Philip says:

    I don’t understand the drama here. What will happen to the Church if Burke is demoted? The Pope is the boss – elected by his brother Cardinals, and we should have confidence in his actions.

  2. Hello Francis Philip,

    I really don’t have a pithy response to your question, as I tend to be very wordy (which is a good trait for a blogger!). But please look at these two posts that I did recently. They explain my position pretty well:



    God Bless,
    Average Catholic

  3. Rev. Msgr. John R. Schulte says:

    This is not a question of power or even authority. Pope Francis obviously has the power to dismiss curial officials and he does not have to explain his decision to do this to me or anyone else. The problem is with credibility. Pope Francis told the bishops and cardinals assembled for the synod that he wanted them to feel free to speak their minds and to have a lively and even challenging debate. Then he “fires” Cardinal Burke, the man who disagreed openly with the opinions which were put forward by the cardinal who claims to be speaking for Francis (Cardinal Kaspar) and who was the de facto leader of the bishops who opposed the machinations and misrepresentations of the men the pope put in charge of the synod. I will never question the official teachings of the Holy Father but I don’t have to like his politics. How can cardinals, bishops or even us lowly priests believe that His Holiness really wants an open and honest exchange of views after something like this? I may be totally wrong about all of this, but it sure doesn’t look good.

  4. As Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, Pope Francis I was a Radical South American Jesuit, who defied Summorum Pontificum in regards to the Tridentine Latin Mass, allowing only a Hybrid Latin Mass in a Basement Chapel in the Buenos Aires Cathedral. People in Buenos Aires sought out the Authentic Tridentine Latin Mass, but Bergoglio assigned a Priest who had no knowledge of The Mass. The Hybrid Latin Mass was cancelled after crowds dwindled.
    Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke is a top supporter of The Tridentine Latin Mass.
    This Pope does NOT like Traditional Catholics and is no fan of The Extraordinary Form Mass.

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