Merciless Francis: Cardinal Burke deposed and deported to Malta

Bergoglio's agenda: Cardinal Burke can no longer participate  at the Synod of Bishops on the family in the coming year.

Bergoglio has an agenda.  Cardinal Burke can no longer participate at the Synod of Bishops on the family in the coming year.

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

Cardinal Burke reportedly confirms Vatican ouster!

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 “When I search more thoroughly”, “I find that it is rather a kind of fashion. And if it is a fashion, therefore it is a matter that does not need that much attention. It is just necessary to show some patience and kindness to people who are addicted to a certain fashion.                                                Bergoglio on the TLM – February 2014

(National Catholic Distorter) – U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke, a former archbishop of St. Louis known for his rigorist interpretations of Catholic doctrine, has reportedly confirmed rumors that Pope Francis is planning to remove him from his influential post as the chief justice of the Vatican’s Supreme Court.

Burke is reported to confirm the rumors, which have attracted attention in recent weeks as a sign that Francis may be preparing a tonal shift at the Vatican, in a piece Friday by BuzzFeed [1] News [1].

“I very much have enjoyed and have been happy to give this service, so it is a disappointment to leave it,” Burke is reported to say in the piece, which goes on to say that the cardinal is yet to receive formal notice of his removal.

The rumors in recent weeks have speculated that Burke, currently the prefect of the Vatican’s Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, would be moved to the largely ceremonial post of patron to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

“In the church as priests, we always have to be ready to accept whatever assignment we’re given,” Burke is reported to say in the BuzzFeed piece. “And so I trust by accepting this assignment I trust that God will bless me, and that’s what’s in the end most important.”

Burke, who took up the Vatican role in 2008, has made news frequently in recent days voicing disapproval with the direction of a worldwide meeting of Catholic bishops, known as a synod, taking place at the Vatican from Oct. 5-19.

He has voiced staunch disapproval in particular to a landmark document [2] released by the synod on Monday, which called on the church to listen more widely to people’s concerns and to apply mercy more generously.

Burke has said in interviews that the document was “not of the church” and that Francis should issue a clarification reaffirming traditional Catholic doctrines.

The Apostolic Signatura is the Vatican’s highest court and is widely responsible for ensuring the proper administration of justice in the Catholic church. The Knights of Malta is a lay religious order that seeks to aid people in need around the world.

Burke also previously served as the bishop of La Crosse, Wis. A native of that state, he has been known through the years for his staunch conservative positions. In one instance in 2009, he called on U.S. bishops from his position at the Vatican to withhold Communion from pro-choice Catholic politicians.

Francis previously removed Burke in December from an influential position as a member of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, the Vatican office responsible for advising the pontiff on bishop appointments around the world.

NCR will update this story as more information is made available.