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