Posts Tagged ‘Apostolic Signatura’

Acquittal of Vatican official a ‘scandalous verdict’

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Canon lawyer Professor Thomas Schüller of Münster University, one of Germany’s best-known canon law experts, has sharply criticised the acquittal of Vatican official Fr Hermann Geissler (FSO), an Austrian priest and a former section head at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He called the acquittal a “scandalous verdict” as it had been Read more

Burke is back – Pope reappoints dubia cardinal

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Pope Francis has reappointed Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke to the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court. Burke had earlier served as a prefect of the court for six years. It is nearly three years since Francis removed him. Over that time Francis has removed or failed to reappoint Burke as a member of the Vatican’s Read more

Pope moves Cardinal Burke out of Roman Curia

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Raymond Burke as Patron of the Order of Malta, in a move which leaves the US prelate out of the Roman Curia. Cardinal Burke, 66, was formerly the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Church’s highest court. His role in the Order of Malta is largely a ceremonial one, without Read more

Conservative cardinal confirms Francis is to sack him

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

The conservative prefect of the Apostolic Signatura appears to have confirmed reports that Pope Francis is to assign him to a lesser role. American Cardinal Raymond Burke confirmed to the National Catholic Reporter that he has been told he will be removed from his current role. Asked who told him he would be removed, Cardinal Read more

Cardinal accuses media of trying to hijack synod

Friday, September 26th, 2014

A prominent American cardinal in the Roman Curia has accused the media of attempting to hijack next month’s synod on the family. Cardinal Raymond Burke, who heads the Apostolic Signatura, said the media has created an expectation of changes to Church teaching that can’t happen. The Apostolic Signatura is the highest judicial body in the Read more

Only American curia prefect set for demotion

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Speculation is mounting that the only American to currently head a dicastery in the Roman Curia is soon to be replaced. Writing for L’Espresso, Vatican journalist Sandro Mangister posited that the next “victim” of Pope Francis’s “revolution” will be the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, Cardinal Raymond Burke. The Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura Read more

Cardinal Burke cautions against ‘excessive’ concelebration of Mass

Friday, July 13th, 2012

A caution against “excessive” use of concelebration — the practice of several priests participating together in the celebration of Mass — has been sounded by the head of the highest judicial body in the Catholic Church. Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, said the practice could result in the Read more