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Cardinal Burke confirms reports of transfer from position

October 20, 2014

In two interviews, Cardinal Raymond Burke has confirmed reports that he will soon be transferred from the position of Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, which he has held since 2008.

“Although the transfer has been communicated to me orally, I have not received the official decree of my transfer,” he told Catholic World Report. “I suspect that the decree will be issued before the beginning of November.”

Cardinal Burke told BuzzFeed that he will be appointed patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

In his remarks to Catholic World Report, Cardinal Burke criticized the Synod of Bishops’ October 13 interim report as well as controversial remarks made by Cardinal Walter Kasper about African bishops and homosexuality.

Cardinal Burke called the interim report “a gravely flawed document and does not express adequately the teaching and discipline of the Church and, in some aspects, propagates doctrinal error and a false pastoral approach,” and added that “it is profoundly sad and scandalous that such remarks were made by a cardinal of the Church. They are a further indication of the determination to manipulate the process of the Synod to advance Cardinal Kasper’s false positions, even by means of racist remarks about a significant and highly respected part of the Synod membership.”


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  • Posted by: skall391825 - Oct. 21, 2014 4:44 PM ET USA

    My hope is that Burke now can write long overdue books that tell the truth about the last 50 years. That truly would be evangelizing because those poorly-educated souls who lost hope in the Church would be enticed to return; they would realize that the Church did not and cannot change. They would realize that it's still the one and only Church of God who gives joy to my youth!

  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Oct. 20, 2014 12:06 PM ET USA

    Loyalty, harmony and growth are promoted only by the truth. Burke's fate grieves me deeply and causes me great concern for our already wounded Church in America. Viewpoints that oppose the doctrinally sound positions of the Church have already largely destroyed its integrity in Europe, and Kasper even dismisses Africa as not worthy of consideration - too loyal to the truth. Follow this way and our Church will soon be very small and just another denomination.

  • Posted by: Jason C. - Oct. 20, 2014 11:14 AM ET USA

    So glad to have a pope that's not political and petty like these last ones have been.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Oct. 20, 2014 9:06 AM ET USA

    It's important to add that Card. Burke, when asked who did this, answered something like, "Who do you think?" That is what Joshua J. McElwee reported here:

  • Posted by: Defender - Oct. 20, 2014 8:35 AM ET USA

    Cardinal Burke's "openness" is appreciated and will be missed...I guess the pope's call for openness is not all inclusive.