Rorate Caeli

A Classic Move: Card. Burke reappointed to Vatican High Court


Cardinal Burke was included among the members of the highest regular court of the Vatican, the Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, in a surprise move by Pope Francis made public today. Others also named today were Cardinals Vallini and Menichelli, and Archbishops Frans Daneels and Hendriks.

Why would the Pope appoint Burke as a minor member with an almost advisory role to the same Court from which he had been summarily dismissed by Francis himself from the position of Prefect (President, Chief Judge) just three years ago? The same Burke absolutely humiliated in his position as Prelate to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta?

It is a classic move. Not of Catholicity, but of Italian power politics.

Congratulations are in order both to the Cardinal and, in particular, to His Holiness. Molto bene, Santità!... Magnifico!