Pope Replaces Conservative U.S. Cardinal on Key Committee

18 December 2013 |permalink | email article

Francis moved on Monday against an outspoken critic of abortion and same-sex marriage, by replacing Cardinal Raymond Burke with another American who is less identified with the cultural wars within the Roman Catholic Church. It was a signal that the pope is willing to disrupt the Vatican establishment in order to be more inclusive. Cardinal Burke, who came to the Vatican after serving as Archbishop of St Louis, is a favorite of many conservative Catholics in the the United States. Cardinal Burke will be succeeded by Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, an ideological moderate with deep knowledge of the Vatican but also with pastoral experience. Francis reconfirmed the congressional posting of Cardinal William Levada, a former prefect of the Congregation for the Faith. Like Cardinal Wuerl, Cardinal Levada is considered a moderate. Last week Cardinal Wuerl suggested that the pope was altering the way that the bishops’ congregation functioned.



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