St. Louis Archbishop appointed to Church’s highest court
St. Louis, Jul. 10, 2006 (CNA) - On Saturday the Holy See announced that Archbishop Raymond Burke of the Archdiocese of St. Louis has been appointed to the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. The Archbishop will undertake his new duties while remaining Archbishop of St. Louis.
While the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura is often labeled the “Supreme Court” of the Catholic Church, the Tribunal’s cases are generally more rare than those of the U.S. Supreme Court. Most judicial appeals, which come to Rome from dioceses around the world, are decided by the Roman Rota. The Supreme Tribunal’s duties include responsibility for any appeals to rulings of the Roman Rota, in addition to oversight of the Roman Rota itself.
The Tribunal is currently being asked to consider the appeal of a group of parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston, which have been closed due to restructuring in the archdiocese. The parishes are appealing to the Tribunal after their initial appeals to Rome were denied earlier this month.
The Tribunal also oversees the administration of justice within the Church, examining administrative matters referred to it by the Congregations of the Roman Curia as well as questions committed to it by the Holy Father.
Archbishop Burke is known as an accomplished Canon Lawyer. Having completed his graduate studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Burke was named Moderator of the Curia and Vice Chancellor of the Diocese of La Cross, Wisconsin. Prior to being named Bishop of La Crosse in 1994, Burke served as Defender of the Bond of the Supreme Tribunal for five years - the first American to hold such a post....
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Monday, July 10, 2006
Archbishop of St. Louis to Take Vatican Post
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Now this is exciting! St. Louis is affectionately known as the "Rome of the West," and now St. Louis' Archbishop is taking an office in Rome. Not a permanent office, but one in which he'll have one foot in the Vatican and one in his own archdiocese in St. Louis. Archbishop Raymond Burke is the right kind of man for the job. He's one who's not afraid to enforce the laws of the Church, even at the expense of his own popularity. He first made waves when coming to St. Louis a couple of years ago, and announcing that Catholic politicians who support abortion may not receive communion in his diocese. Of course this hacked off liberal Catholics, and liberals in general, who immediately went to work on a smear campaign against him. Since then, every little administrative decision he's made has been scrutinized by the mainstream media, and Burke has been made out to be a heartless radical -- (the typical liberal smear tactic). I've always been a supporter of the Archbishop, and in fact, I wrote him a letter of appreciation when he arrived in St. Louis. I've followed some of his work since then, and I've been nothing but impressed. It seems the only people who passionately dislike him are liberals (Catholic or not), and if that's not a good indication of a strong orthodox leader, than I don't know what is. Congratulations Archbishop Raymond Burke!