Probably the first time in ecclesiastical history that someone is holding a pep rally for the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. Not bad for a guy who never saw a schism he couldn’t widen.

As a cardinal, Archbishop Burke will not only be elevated as one of the princes of the Church, but will be placed among the ranks of those who could become our future pope.

A point of correction on this: it’s more a custom than a fact of canon law that one must be a cardinal to become pope. There may be more corrections afoot, but I had to duck out of there quick with all the pom-poms flying about.

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6 Responses to Congratulate!

  1. Kurt says:

    Anything that keeps him in Rome and far away from an actual pastoral ministry is fine with me!

  2. John Drake says:

    Well, if you somehow define schism as adherence to orthodox Catholicism, you’re right!

    And all those I know who were blessed to be in his dioceses in Lacrosse or St Louis viewed him quite favorably!

    There could be any number of worse choices for Cardinal.

  3. Bill Kurtz says:

    Obviously, John Drake and I know different people in the La Crosse diocese and St. Louis archdiocese.
    Consider these incidents in 2004, in the La Crosse diocese, although these aren’t people I know. I suspect they wouldn’t consider the tone Burke set to be a blessing.
    An eighth-grader at a Catholic school in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., was told by a school secretary on election day, “So you’re a baby-killer, eh?” A math teacher said that “as Catholics, you’re supposed to vote for Michels,” the candidate challenging Sen. Russ Feingold.
    (The student’s father was a Democratic activist, and his aunt was a Democratic state legislator.)
    In Thorp, Wis., a parishioner had written a letter to the community weekly stating that voters should consider an array of moral issues.
    At Masses some days later, a local pro-life newsletter was handed out inside the church, including a letter rebuking the parishioner.
    Finally in 2000, worshippers at at least one church in Junction City, Wis., were told on the Sunday after the election that “you who voted for Al Gore will have to answer to God.”

  4. Mike says:

    Quoting my grandparents-in-law, devoted parishioners at the same parish for 70 years in St. Louis, “the problem with that man is that he’s not a Christian. Terrible, terrible human being.”

  5. crystal says:

    a guy who never saw a schism he couldn’t widen.


  6. Jimmy Mac says:

    Burke a future pope? That proof that the Holy Spirit isn’t guiding these elections would also clean out the ranks to the point that there would no longer be a priest shortage.

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