Skip to comments.ABC Falsely Reports Pope Removed “Outspoken Critic of Abortion” From Vatican Court
Posted on 12/17/2013 4:18:33 PM PST by Morgana
Tuesdays Good Morning America simply didnt have its facts straight in their rush to portray Pope Francis as a crypto-liberal.
Amy Robach hyped that the pontiff removed an outspoken critic of abortion and same-sex marriage from a powerful post within the Church. Conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke was head of the Vaticans highest court. Robach then asserted that this move is seen as reinforcing the Popes vision for a more inclusive church.
However, Cardinal Burke is still the prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura the equivalent of the Supreme Court for the Catholic Church. The Pope actually declined to renew the Wisconsin natives membership on a different consultative body at the Vatican the Congregation for Bishops. [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump]
Robachs news brief is in the same vein as Time magazines recent Person of the Year cover story about the Bishop of the Rome, where writers Howard Chua-Eoan and Elizabeth Dias. Chua-Eoan and Dias contended that supposedly, in a matter of months, Francis has elevated the healing mission of the church above the doctrinal police work so important to his recent predecessors.
CBS This Morning one of Good Morning Americas Big Three competitors has also given wild, left-leaning spin about the pontiff. Correspondent Charlie DAgata trumpeted that Francis was one of the most progressive popes in modern times during a September 13, 2013 report. Over a month earlier, his colleague Dean Reynolds bizarrely wondered if the Pope was breaking with the Vatican due to his widely-misrepresented who am I to judge? reply about people with homosexual attractions.
In a Monday post, Thomas Peters of CatholicVote.orgs American Papist blog took aim at the hyperventilating speculation about Pope Francis move with regard to Cardinal Burke. ABCs misleading reporting about the change is just the latest example of what Peters called attention to.
The transcript of Amy Robachs news brief from Tuesdays Good Morning America on ABC:
AMY ROBACH: Well, a new shakeup at the Vatican Pope Francis has removed an outspoken critic of abortion and same-sex marriage from a powerful post within the Church. Conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke, the former archbishop of St. Louis, was head of the Vaticans highest court. Well, this move is seen as reinforcing the Popes vision for a more inclusive church. Today, he spent his 77th birthday visiting with the homeless.
MSM eager to evangelize the killing of nascent human life.
Pope Francis: Every unborn child, though unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of the Lord, who even before his birth, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world. . . . They must not be thrown away!
This article is really informative, and here but an exerpt:
“First, Pope Francis has not hid his intention of making the curia more efficient. He appointed Cardinal Wuerl as a new addition to the Congregation for Bishops, someone whom Pope Benedict had already placed trust in when he appointed Cardinal Wuerl as the U.S. guardian of the Anglican Ordinariate.
If you asked me to pick who has a better working knowledge of the makeup, demands and expectations of the American episcopate right now I would say the state-side Cardinal Wuerl, not Cardinal Burke who has been in Rome for half a decade at this point. So from one aspect, this is a move towards efficiency.”
Oh come on. They used the wrong description. How many of us knew what the Congregation of Bishops was? So they called it the Vatican Court. To them, they probably think all of these groups are major. Just plain ignorance of how it works.
And guess what? He *was* removed (along with others) from a very important, critical position! We’ve now got a liberal leaning Congregation.
But the excuses and the media blaming continue.
I’m actually not hyperventilating at all. I’m very calm because none of this surprises me. Those who are hyperventilating are just beginning to wake up and it scares them.
And it should.
It’s not “true and correct”. He wasn’t “removed” from the Congregation of Bishops, his membership thereof was “not renewed”. There is a completely different meaning there, albeit rather subtle a difference.
Also, he is still part of the “Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura the equivalent of the Supreme Court for the Catholic Church.”
Sounds like to me he’s still in the more important position.
He wasnt "removedfrom the Congregation of Bishops, his membership thereof was "not renewed. There is a completely different meaning there, albeit rather subtle a difference.
I'm sorry if some can't see that difference. Maybe some are allowing themselves to be victimized by the media.
Liberals often advance their goals in the name of efficiency.
That's hardly an excuse for putting someone of Wuerl’s ilk on the Congregation for Bishops.
He is still on the Vatican Court.
Parsing. Burke was sacked, they just got the specific office wrong.
We are not going in the right direction.
Does anyone actually think Pope Francis would hold it against a Bishop for denying Communion to pro-abort politicians?
Knee-jerk reactions drive me nuts.
If they reported that Burke has been removed from the Apostolic Signatura, they reported wrong.
I weary quickly of curial politics, especially the paranoid style of inferring always the worst intentions, of everybody, all the time. This is Romanità at its most devil-pleasing.
For all we know, Burke asked to have some of his bureaucratic gabbing-coffee-and-consensus jobs trimmed, so he can spend more quality time doing top-level Canon Law at the Signatura. We don't know any different, do we ?
This constant crunching and spitting out sunflower seeds, which passes for Vatican 'analysis," is just histamine-itchy clericalism. I say to hell with it.
You’re really working up a sweat creating the nuances LOL.
It depends what the meaning of “is” is.
But they did not report that.
Salvation: ABC is wrong again......why do people even bother to read or listen to the lamestream media?
ebb tide: Is Rorate Celi wrong? Is Vatican Insider wrong? Is LifeSite News wrong? Is Fr. Z wrong?
The point is, ABC reported a false story, said Burke was ousted from the Apostolic Signatura. If Rorate Caeli etc. did not carry the false report, why do you even mention them? It's a non-sequitur.
ABC News; 12/17/2013 (the same day Matthew Balan throws a hissy fit and neo-cats continue to do so):
>>Pope Francis announced changes in the influential Vatican office that evaluates and nominates candidates for bishop around the world.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington was appointed Monday to the Congregation for Bishops. The pope also reconfirmed Cardinal William Levada, the former archbishop of San Francisco and former head of the Vatican’s orthodoxy watchdog office.
Some members of the congregation were not reconfirmed. Cardinal Raymond Burke will no longer serve in the office. The former St. Louis archbishop had been a member for several years. Burke retains his position as the head of the Vatican high court, the Apostolic Signatura.<<