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Cardinal Burke re-appointed to Apostolic Signatura

October 02, 2017

In a surprise move, Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Raymond Burke to the Apostolic Signatura, the Church’s highest canonical court. The Pope had removed Cardinal Burke as head of the Apostolic Signatura in 2014; on September 30, he named the American cardinal as one of five prelates to serve on the tribunal.

When he was replaced as prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, Cardinal Burke was appointed patron of the Knights of Malta. But early this year Pope Francis effectively removed him from that role as well, announcing that Archbishop Angelo Becciu would be his “exclusive spokesman” to the Order.

Thus Cardinal Burke, who has been a leading figure in questioning the Pope’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, had been in an anomalous position, as a cardinal under retirement age, residing in Rome but with no major responsibilities.


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  • Posted by: bertha - Oct. 02, 2017 6:45 PM ET USA

    We are grateful to God for this move on the part of Pope Francis. Let us continue to pray for our Vicar of Christ one earth.

  • Posted by: feedback - Oct. 02, 2017 12:42 PM ET USA

    This is great news on many different levels. And an inspiration to prayer and patience.