Cardinal Burke out at Congregation for Bishops, +Wuerl in, oh boy….
Well no doubt now, +Wuerl is the new “kingmaker.”
Be grateful if you got a “Burke bishop” because they won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. I feel sorry for Chicago. When +George is gone, there’s absolutely no way it will be Bishop Perry.
Possibly if +Burke did receive conclave votes, there would be a major concern over his influence, and God forbid election, in future conclaves as well.
Quoting David Gibson
After last month’s annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, I wrote a story handicapping the four American churchman who enjoyed growing influence in the new(ish) pontificate of Pope Francis.
They were Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, who is one of the eight members of Francis “kitchen cabinet” of advisors on reforming the Roman Curia; Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, who was elected vice-president of the USCCB and is the likely incoming president in three years; Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, whose advice the Vatican has tapped and who was rumored for an important curial post; and Cardinal Raymond Burke, head the Vatican’s canonical court system and more importantly a member of the Congregation for Bishops.That latter role gave Burke a decisive voice in pushing through a number of key stateside appointments, sometimes against the wishes of U.S.-based bishops.
Burke was something of an outlier on that list — a very conservative holdover from the Benedict XVI era and a fan of the kind of high liturgical finery that Pope Francis does not take to, at all.
Today the calculus of the “Top Four” list changed, perhaps decisively, as Francis dropped Burke from the Congregation for Bishops and added Wuerl. The two cardinals are not known to be allies, to say the least. It’s even less likely now that they’ll be exchanging Christmas cards this year.
Wuerl will remain as Archbishop of Washington but the new appointment means he will make regular trips to the Vatican to vet candidates for bishop in the U.S. and around the world — perhaps the most important way that Francis can secure his legacy.
This is terrible news for the US Catholic Church
Will +Burke be ousted as the Apostolic Signatura? In my opinion, yes. The now will be the opportune time with the reforms going on.
If we are to believe reports, +Wuerl …. um, does not like …. +Burke. Rocco reposted his old article on the topic. Also Francis’ Flush – At Bishops’ Table, Pope Runs the Wuerlpool Note, Palmo doesn’t like Cdl. Burke either.