Raymond Cardinal Burke has been re-appointed to Congregation for the Causes of Saints from which he had been removed in December of 2013.

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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.

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints controls the process that leads to the canonization of saints.  The congregation prepares each year everything necessary for the Pope to be able to set forth new examples of holiness. After approving results on miracles, martyrdom and heroic virtues of various Servants of God, the Holy Father proceeds to a series of canonizations and beatifications.

At the time of his removal, the move stirred speculation of a rift between Pope Francis and Cardinal Burke along ‘liberal and conservative’ lines. After his subsequent removal from office of prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the highest non-papal judicial authority within the Church, Cardinal Burke was appointed patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a largely ceremonial position, that many saw as a demotion or a forced exile.

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  1. Catholic archbishops and cardinals were the political power behind the nobility of midieval Europe and some of the ugliest wars, torture, and sheer opulant greed of the era. It fascinates me that modern prelates like Ray Burke equate wearing ruby encrusted midieval garments with respect…. for “traditional values”. The midieval traditions….burning people alive, the Inquisition, and scheming for financial gain are far from respectable- unless of course, those are your own “values”.

    • please learn how to spell “medieval”

      also… you might want to take some time, to study again in more detail what the Inquisition was, and what it was not.
      (and be sure to use primary source documents, not textbooks or articles that were written by people centuries after the events took place.)

      thank you. have a nice day.

    • Sounds like you’ve drunk deeply from the wellsprings of Anglo-Protestant kool-aid. Do you have any actual evidence for all these fantastic claims?

      Remember, a lot of what’s taught as “history” in English-speaking cultures (such as ours) was written thru the warped lens of pro-British propaganda–with a major ax to grind against anything Catholic.

  2. SD: you are right; thanks for the spell checker !! As another serious student of the history of the Catholic Church, I would enjoy seeing your defense of the wide spread corruption of the church during that formative period of many of our “traditions”. I hope we can continue this dialogue so that others who might read it can observe a respectful discussion of the origins of practices which we take for granted as truth. ( I’m at a university library with access to all source documents. I will provide citations ).

  3. Comment: alan, which are you? catholic or non catholic?. well, I recommend the book catholicism and fundamentalism by carl keating for a good read. be sure that the devil is not using you

  4. No, Mr. Jacobs. The accuser bears the burden of proof. You, as the accuser, should make your case. No defense is needed until the accuser has made his or her case. We are waiting.

  5. Dear Pascal: Yes, I’ve read a bit of Carl Keating’s work and some of it is good. For 40 years the Prayer of Saint Francis has hung on the wall next to my desk. Your question “which are you- catholic or non-catholic ?” has a certain “‘r ya fer us ?…or agin us?” ring to it. I am neither. Among my many interests is epistemology- the branch of philosophy which studies HOW humans form beliefs and knowledge. Belief is the key ingredient for any true religious experience. The world’s religions- and the culture/ political war factions with each religion- claim that their own theology, values – and rituals – are the true understanding of God’s relationship with the world. They cannot ALL be correct. Spiritual belief cannot be measured in a mass spectrometer- it requires a “leap of faith” beyond rational logic. So yes Pascal, it’s a good idea to ask a lot of questions before leaping….to make sure you are not being shoved off a cliff.
    Dear SD: The records of many MEDIEVAL ( thanks again ) Church heresy tribunals still exist ( I’ll gladly provide citations if you REALLY want them ) and document the executions and torture ordered. A shorter way to address your concern about the validity of historical abuses by the Catholic Church can be found on the Vatican’s own web site in the document “MEMORY AND RECONCILIATION: THE CHURCH AND THE FAULTS OF THE PAST ” , December 1999, by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, et al. Quoting from section 5.3, paragraph 1, ” Another sad chapter of history to which the sons and daughters of the Church must return with a spirit of repentance is that of the acquiescence given, especially in certain centuries, to intolerance and even the use of force in the service of truth.” From 5.3, paragraph 3: ” As always, establishing the historical truth by means of historical-critical research is decisive “.
    Saint John Paul II issued numerous apologies for past abuses by the Church, including the life long prison sentence of Galileo who taught the observed fact that the earth orbits the sun contrary to the Church’s teaching, based on Genesis, that the sun revolves around the earth.
    My point is simple. Blind adherence to the “good old days- and good old ways” because they are “traditional” is a false basis for belief.

  6. Dear Tom G: I didn’t want to keep you waiting. I did not visit this site to offend, hurt, or argue…..if I did, I apologize. My real interests are reminding everybody of the kind and loving teachings of Jesus of Nazareth- God- who never mentioned synods, prelates, curia, or a Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. Jesus’ simple message was 1) Love God 2) Love your neighbor as yourself 3) …”forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those…”. People- not Jesus- created organizational and legalistic concepts over the last 2000 years…very similar to the legalistic abuses which Jesus railed against the Temple Pharisees Jesus for. I hope more people would read and practice the words of Francis of Assisi.


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