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Cardinal Burke reveals Pope has not answered request for a meeting

April 12, 2017

Cardinal Raymond Burke has revealed that he has asked for, but has not yet been granted, an audience with Pope Francis.

Cardinal Burke, who has asked the Holy Father to clarify Amoris Laetitia, said in an InfoVaticana interview that he wanted to meet privately with the Pontiff to discuss the matter. “But I have not spoken to him, and he has not granted me an audience,” he said. He explained that he has not received an answer to his request for a meeting.

The American cardinal also disclosed that he is no longer serving in any practical role with the Knights of Malta. Although he still carries the title of Patron of the Order of Malta, he said, “the Pope has made clear that the only person who can treat questions of the Order of Malta in the name of the Holy Father is Archbishop Becciu.” Archbishop Becciu was appointed as a special delegate to the Order in the wake of a controversy that resulted in the resignation of the Order’s leader.

Speaking about that controversy in his interview with InfoVaticana, Cardinal Burke said that a key issue was the acceptance of a large, mysterious donation. The cardinal said that “there is no clear knowledge about who the donor is, what is the exact nature of the bequest, how it is to be administered, and that is not right.”


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  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Apr. 13, 2017 2:09 AM ET USA

    One hopes the pope doesn't hold the belief that ignoring a problem will make it go away, but the lack of response makes this seem likely. I call that mean-spirited, and it resolves nothing. Makes the pope, not the cardinals, look bad. Tsk! The issue is too important to ignore. Seems he's listening to bad advice, perhaps from cardinals ambitious for more power and persuasion, and a liberal (heretical?) cast of mind.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Apr. 12, 2017 10:47 PM ET USA

    Would not hold my breath. This very prideful Pope does not like it when he is challenged. Sad when someone who prides them self on humility is way over on the other side of humility. He needs our prayers.