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Breaking: Cardinal Burke brought back into Curia by Pope Francis September 29, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Papa, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.

Not many details, yet, only that Cardinal Burke has been appointed to the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, along with Cardinal Carlo Caffara, another of the more faithful princes of the Church:

The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, metropolitan archbishop of Bologna, and Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, as members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Maybe giving Cardinal Burke a bunch of free time was found to not be such a good thing after all?  Did his removal from the Roman Rota have anything to do with the “reform” of the annulment process?  Is this all part of some Machiavellian plot, or is it now certain proof that every critic of Pope Francis has been horribly uncharitable and wrong, wrong, wrong?  Is this an answer to prayers, or could it be a response to increasing “conservative” concern/criticism of this pontificate?

I guess the main question is whether this act is truly significant or just part of the regular shuffling of curial cardinals?  Do you think it has some broader meaning?

I’m just glad to see Cardinal Burke “back,” as it were.  I pray his presence in a non-ceremonial office can exert substantial positive influence on his brother cardinals and the Vatican bureaucracy, at large.

UPDATE:  Grr.  First update lost.  A bit more information – or perhaps it is opinion – from the German site Katholisches via Eponymous Flower:

Congregation is not the same as Congregation. Each has its tasks, which have some weighty influence on the management of world church than others. The reassignment from one congregation to another, as in the case of Cardinal Burke, can therefore be seen as diesempowering, while maintaining integration.

I think that’s true.  Congregation for the Causes of the Saints is a sure step up from the Order of Malta but it is not an organization involved much in the day to day administration of the Church.  It’s important, to be sure, but not nearly so influential as the Apostolic Signatura (Burke’s former post), the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith or the Congregation for Divine Worship.  It’s nice to see, to be sure, but will keep Burke out of the main decision-making avenues of Church administration.  He’s still very much sidelined.

Could this be a case of keeping one’s enemies relatively close?

The man is back

The man is back


1. Baseballmom - September 28, 2015

I guess I am cynical by nature…. PF realized that Cdl. Burke having too much free time was not working out well for the PF agenda….

2. Baseballmom - September 28, 2015

Sent a comment…. Did not go through…

Tantumblogo - September 28, 2015

Fixed. Sorry. Thanks for letting me know

Mrs. Maureen Avila - September 29, 2015

Too much free time and not staying home in Rome where his mail gets stolen. Also to keep him out of the USA where he was the most outspoken Cardinal for orthodoxy before going to Rome in the first place.

3. richardmalcolm1564 - September 28, 2015

I vote for “regular shuffling,” in the absence of additional information.

That said, Caffarra is also a very solid bishop, one of the very best in Italy.

Tantumblogo - September 28, 2015


4. LaGallina - September 29, 2015

Maybe Francis is getting worried about the “anti-pope” rumors.

5. Biff Loblaw - September 29, 2015

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

6. Catholic - September 29, 2015

Saints — takes one to make one. Good appt. IMHO.

Magdalene - September 29, 2015

Oh, I like this comment! Yes, Cardinal Burke is one holy man!

7. TLM - September 29, 2015

I can’t see this as anything but manipulation of the ‘Francis Agenda’. Sorry, but Francis doesn’t have a wonderful track record. Probably several reasons for this change, one of them being Cdl. Burke had a big megaphone that he wanted to silence. The ‘Malta’ decision turned out to be unfavorable for the progressives. That said, neither the errant Cardinals nor even Francis has the last say………God Almighty DOES.

8. MFG - September 29, 2015

It looks odd if one sees how short his tenure was at Malta. Why after just a year is he being appointed back to the Curia?

Why appoint him to Malta in the first place? They could have done something with him in the Curia for the year if they knew this appointment was forthcoming.

Maybe he can intervene for Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

Tantumblogo - September 29, 2015

AFAIK, he still heads the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

9. Mrs. Maureen Avila - September 29, 2015

Cardinal Burke did not move to Malta…the office where he worked was in Rome.

Tantumblogo - September 29, 2015

I don’t think I said he did, but I certainly don’t mean to imply so. When I say “back,’ I mean back in the curia, the Malta position being extra-curial.

10. Kathleen - September 30, 2015

Here’s praying that we can hope this moves the cause of Paul VI to the back burner where it can go back to stewing for another decade or so until there are (pray God) more sane men in Rome and it’s ended for good.

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