Pope Francis speaks on removal of Cardinal Burke in new interview


From Lifesite News

In a lengthy interview published Sunday with the Argentine newspaper La Nacion, Pope Francis for the first time spoke publicly about his removal of Cardinal Raymond Burke from the Vatican Curia. In a rare move, the cardinal, relatively young at age 66, was removed from his high-ranking post and not even given a diocese to govern, but made chaplain to the Order of Malta. Some liken the group to the Knights of Columbus but it is actually one of the oldest lay religous orders of Western and Christian civilization, founded around the year 1050 and recognized as Sovereign by the Pope in 1113.

Although Cardinal Burke has in interviews expressed his disappointment about having to leave his post as head of the Vatican’s highest court, the pope suggested in the La Nacion interview that Burke appreciated the appointment to be chaplain of the Order of Malta.

The pope said that he told Burke he was considering him for chaplain of the Order of Malta prior to the October Synod of Bishops. “He thanked me in very good terms and accepted my offer, I even think he liked it,” related the pope in the interview. “Because he is a man that gets around a lot, he does a lot of travelling and would surely be busy there.”

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1 Response to Pope Francis speaks on removal of Cardinal Burke in new interview

  1. kathleen says:

    No one really believes this story as it is reported here, do they? We are not fooled by this into thinking that there were no real underlying motives for the removal of the solidly loyal and Catholic-to-the-core Cardinal Burke from such an “eminently powerful position of Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, at a time when canonical questions of great importance are being debated in the Church, to the figurehead post of Patron of the Order of Malta” is anything other than a ploy to get him out of the way, are we?

    I wanted to say this when the above Lifesite News article was published on our blog, but couldn’t get my head round the way to express myself correctly. Now thanks to the article I’ve just seen on “Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II” blog, I can let the clear and insightful Louis Verrechio say it for me; he always hits the nail right on the head!

    “As for why Cardinal Burke has been so reassigned, I’m reminded of a statement made by Pope Francis in his closing address to the Extraordinary Synod wherein he criticized those who might succumb to:
    … a temptation to hostile inflexibility, that is, wanting to close oneself within the written word, (the letter) and not allowing oneself to be surprised by God, by the God of surprises, (the spirit); within the law…
    When I first read this comment, I understood that the pope was poking yet another finger in the eye of tradition loving Catholics everywhere, of course, but I also considered that his very specific reference to “the law” was aimed directly at the Curia’s then chief canon lawyer, Raymond Leo Burke.”

    This is the link to the whole outspoken and fascinating article:


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