Rorate Caeli

Curial changes in motion - II

The Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, Cardinal Vallini, was named today Vicar General of His Holiness for the Diocese of Rome, replacing Cardinal Ruini. Vallini had been mentioned for months as Ruini's substitute.

The Archdiocese of Saint Louis loses its great pastor, Archbishop Burke, named by the Pope to replace Vallini as the new Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. May the Archdiocese be blessed with a worthy successor - prayers are in order.


  1. I have really mixed feelings about this. It is great that Burke will be getting the red hat, which he so well deserves, but this is a tragic loss in many ways for St. Louis. I hope that Msgr. Perry (doubtlessly Burke's second in support for Catholic Tradition in the US) is sent there to continue the excellent work of Msgr. Burke.

  2. I think that this is good news for the universal Church, even if it is a sad day for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Still, this may be a chance for another young conservative bishop to move up and fill Burke's big shoes. Pray God that Benedict may pick a worthy successor!

  3. Doubtless, the Holy Father will give great weight to the Archbishop's own recommendations, given the confidence he obviously reposes in him. And indeed, one naturally thinks of Bishop Perry and perhaps even more of Bishop Finn.

  4. Anonymous4:13 PM

    Interesting that H.E. Burk also published an Interdict today.

  5. "I hope that Msgr. Perry (doubtlessly Burke's second in support for Catholic Tradition in the US) is sent there to continue the excellent work of Msgr. Burke..."

    Why has everybody seem to have forgotten about Fabian Bruskewitz?

  6. Anonymous5:10 PM

    Bruskewitz is rather old to be elevated at this point.

  7. Anonymous5:42 PM

    Two years away from retirement, Bruskewitz seems an unlikely choice.

  8. Anonymous6:56 PM

    Elevating Burke? The man who wants people to pass a litmus test before receiving our Lord's body is being created? Just because Burke likes the ICKSP and CRNJ doesn't mean we traditionalists have to kiss his ring unquestioning.

    As for Bruskewitz, he is notriously anti-SSPX, and even pulled a "Hawaii 6" a few years ago.

  9. Ione: what a very odd comment. You appear to be criticizing Archbishop Burke for being one of the very bishops to enforce the Church's traditional discipline, in refusing Holy Communion to notorious public sinners. This is something for which traditionalists should be extremely grateful to him! This is the kind of comprehensive attention to episcopal duty and defence of the faith that we typically criticize other bishops for NOT showing.

  10. Anonymous12:29 AM

    ...But more importantly, the cardinal's letter asked the traditionalists to acknowledge that the SSPX is not the authentic magisterium of the Catholic Church-- that the Pope and the bishops in communion with him carry that teaching authority. If the traditionalists will make that humble admission, reconciliation is still possible. If not, the talks will inevitably be fruitless.

  11. Anonymous10:13 AM

    If the "litmus test" for receiving holy communion is that you agree with the Church that human life is something of inestimable worth in the eyes of God and are not on the public record as disagreeing with that teaching to the point of supporting and helping to facilitate the mass extermination of innocent life, yes that is a quite reasonable prerequisite for receiving the flesh of God Himself as He becomes the Innocent Victim. To disagree with the Church on this point is to disagree with her very essence and to proclaim oneself to be still in communion with her while pubically displaying that disagreement is to give grave scandal. Virtually alone among U.S. Bishops, Bishop Burke took a very public stand on this issue and thus became a thorn in the flesh to all the weak and lukewarm bishops unwilling to pay the price of discomfiting the powerful. That voice has now been effectively silenced, that unflattering contrast now removed, and bad bishops in bed with the nabobs and the puobahs of polity (figuratively speaking of course), whose name is legion, may rest easier tonight. Let us hope that it will turn out to have been worth the sacrifice and that this quite extraordinary bishop will do great things for the faith in the Holy City.


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