It is a great shame that this fine prelate's qualities are not highly regarded by Pope Francis enough to confirm him in his role as head of the Apostolic Signatura. Having defended Church doctrine and upheld the truth of Christ so fervently, one would think that the Vicar of Christ would mark the man out for an advisory role in his inner circle.
Sadly, that's not to be. One of the most disappointing things about events in Rome is watching someone dismatle his predecessor's hard work. It's a bit like events at Blackfen on a macro-scale with the same, attending, devil-may-care attitude to the fact that his predecessor, now out of the way, can do nothing and say little about it even though he lives not very far away at all. There's a lot of talk about "clericalism" coming from Rome but there is little idea or empathy for the laity for whom Cardinal Burke's voice is a welcome reprieve from the nonsensical ideas banded around at the Synod. For many priests, laity and even Bishops, Cardinal Burke's conduct at the Synod was hailed as nothing short of heroic. Clearly, the man is not a careerist and has now paid a price.
Someone in a position of power with a keen eye for 'law' was always going to be unwelcome to a Supreme Pontiff for whom laws just seem to 'get in the way' of a rather confusing agenda.
Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made Heaven and Earth. Still, I don't know why but I just get a feeling that this could be a decision that comes back to haunt Pope Francis, but then there may be quite a few of them. I've always thought of Cardinal Burke as a natural Successor to Benedict XVI. Who knows? Maybe he will be one day, but whatever the future may hold, I am confident that God will reward abundantly the continuing work of Cardinal Raymond Burke. He may find few friends in great power in Rome, he may not receive honours in the Church on Earth, but I am certain he has friends in the Highest Places and the Lord will reward him graciously.
Sign the petition and thank Cardinal Burke for doing and saying those things for souls and for Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church that I, at least, feel unable to thank the reigning Pope.
To Muslims, Jews, Evangelicals and other religions, Pope Francis has only good things and words of encouragement to say (though actual pagans could be offended by recent remarks).
Yet, I am beginning to wonder whether he believes in and prays to the same God as Cardinal Burke and many others. Where is the "fraternity" and "brotherhood" for those who uphold the Magisterium and defend Church teaching from pagans and the 'enemies of the Cross of Christ'? They don't seem to be terribly welcome in Rome.
Pray for the Pope, pray for the Church and pray there are no more nasty surprises. Having done that. there's only one thing left to do on days like this and that's listen to Radiohead...