Monday, June 30, 2008
Pope appoints Archbishop Raymond Burke to Vatican post.
I first wrote about Archbishop Raymond Burke in May when the Vatican confirmed his excommunication of the board of directors of the St. Stanislaus Kostka Corporation ( formerly, St. Stanislaus Kostka parish ) and their priest, Marek Bozek.
It's been announced that Archbishop Burke will become the prefect of the supreme tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.The Apostolic Signatura is the administrative appellate tribunal of the Holy See and the highest judicial authority of the Catholic Church (other than the Pope).
During the 2004 Presidential election, Burke announced that he would refuse Holy Communion to then Presidential candidate, John Kerry for his support of abortion.
In 2007, the Archbishop resigned as chairman of the board for the Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation because they had booked Sheryl Crow (who supports abortion and embryonic stem cell research) to perform at a benefit concert.
Burke has always received backing and support from the Vatican for his decisions so this promotion should not come as a surprise. A CNN article quotes Rev. Thomas Reese (senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University) as saying;
"Every pro-choice Catholic Democrat politician should be very nervous.He made his name in the U.S. by denying Communion to pro-choice politicians."
"If he gets that view articulated strongly in Rome, he could become the voice for having that position for the universal church."
Let's hope so. For far too long, too many U.S. politicians have continued to call themselves Catholic even though they publicly support abortion.
Pope Benedict XVI made a fine choice in promoting Archbishop Burke to this new position.