Cardinal Burke deposed and deported
(Rome) Since last September, rumors, now it has become reality. Pope Francis Cardinal Raymond Burke put the US from as Cardinal Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura and appointed him Cardinal Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Thus, the cardinal is removed from the church leadership, to which he belonged as head of the Supreme Court.
The punitive action against the unpopular opponent by Pope Francis was shortly before the start of synod of bishops on the family. Cardinal Burke in the previous months as one of the leaders of the defense of the Church’s marriage and morality against the “opening” mottos of Cardinal Kasper emerged (see Malta exiles? Final papal purge of Cardinal Burke? The threat did not intimidate the Cardinal a bit, rather, he was at the Synod of Bishops on the most visible opponent of the new supported of course by Pope Francis Cardinal Kasper. With sharp words Cardinal Burke also criticized outside the Synod Hall, the procedure of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, but also of the pope (see Cardinal Burke: Pope has “done a lot of damage” – prefect of the Apostolic Signatura confirmed impending dismissal as Pope: “Who am I, to judge? “- Burke:” We need to judge acts “ ).
A vindictive retaliation Pope
Only a few weeks after the completion of the Synod of Bishops the cardinal appears as revenge and retaliation by Pope Francis. So it seems to have had quite a hurry, the reigning Pope. On November 3, just 15 days after the end of the Synod, he approved a Rescriptum of the Cardinal Secretary of State, with the retirement provisions for bishops and cardinals papal nomination were tightened.Which entered into force on 5 November Rescriptum required all over 75 officials (except the Cardinal Prefect of the Roman Curia) immediately withdraw their offer.
This also affected the previous patron Cardinal Paolo Sardi Order of Malta. The resignation of Cardinal Sardi offer was immediately accepted by the Pope, thus clearing a space, could be deported to “elegant” way of a management function to the Roman Curia on an honor function with the Cardinal Burke.
Praise of Benedict XVI did not help
Since helped the demonstrative praise of Benedict XVI. from his self-imposed exile not in a greeting message to theInternational Pilgrimage of Tradition the celebrant in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Old Rite Cardinal Burke designated October 26 as “large cardinals”.
The dismissal of one of the most prominent and recent cardinals of the Catholic Church is an affront for a significant part of the universal Church, the meant by the papal retaliation by Cardinal Burke will be punished.
The measure confirmed Argentine voices Jorge Mario Bergoglio since his election accuse the head of the church, to be very resentful and not to tolerate criticism of his person and opposition to his plans. They also confirmed that Pope Francis, the actual director behind the “new Mercy” is, which was also worn by Cardinal Kasper as spokesman.
By deposing as Cardinal Burke can no longer participate ex officio at the Synod of Bishops on the family in the coming year. Pope Francis makes the Cardinal with his “reshuffle” in the Synod silenced. A signal that the Argentine Church leader seems willing to make up for 2015, which has not been achieved at the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in 2014 and push through his “new mercy”. A “new Mercy”, which can be very cruel.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi