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To: old republic
I think its safe to wager that after the next consistory Archbishop Burke will be Cardinal Burke.

I wouldn't bet too much. There is a reason he was named "Archbishop Emeritus" when he was kicked upstairs to a position with no administrative responsibilities. And it's not just because I lived through 4 1/2 years of Burke, that I think this. The man made a mess of the Rome of the West and don't think that didn't reach the right ears. There's a lot about what went on behind the scenes that people don't know. And remember - he didn't excommunicate any politicians despite all the vitriol. Yeah, I have my doubts that he gets a red hat under BXVI. I hope His Holiness really takes his time and chooses wisely. Vigneron, Dolan, DiNardo, Gomez would be the best Americans.

10 posted on 08/10/2010 4:42:15 PM PDT by Desdemona
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To: Desdemona
There is a reason he was named "Archbishop Emeritus" when he was kicked upstairs to a position with no administrative responsibilities...Yeah, I have my doubts that he gets a red hat under BXVI. I hope His Holiness really takes his time and chooses wisely. Vigneron, Dolan, DiNardo, Gomez would be the best Americans.

On what grounds do you think that +Burke was "kicked upstairs?" The thing is that I don't think Archbishop Burke was "kicked upstairs" simply to get rid of him. If so, then he would have taken his seat on the Apostolic Signatura and that is the last we would have heard of +Burke. However, instead of just making +Burke disappear after he was "kicked upstairs", a year or so later the pope also placed him on the Congregation of Bishops, another powerful body that gets to help pick the bishops who get appointed. I interpret that move as an indication that the pope wants more bishops like Burke. (Seems like a vote of confidence to me, though one can never know what the popes motives are for making an appointment without inside knowledge). It is also important to note that it seems that +Burke's ideology seems to overlap significantly with the pope's and thus would make Burke a helpful ally in the Curia.

11 posted on 08/31/2010 8:02:39 AM PDT by old republic
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