Pope Strips Conservative US Cardinal of Vatican Privileges
Summary from the AllSides News Team
Pope Francis revoked some Vatican privileges from American Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of his highest-ranking traditionalist critics, anonymous sources told multiple news outlets.
The Details: Francis stripped Burke of his church-subsidized Vatican apartment and salary, reportedly telling Vatican officials that Burke had been a source of “disunity.”
Pope vs. Critics: Francis previously fired Burke as the Vatican’s high court justice in 2014 after he criticized the Pope’s statements on issues like same-sex marriage and abortion. Francis also fired another of his critics, Texas bishop Joseph Strickland, who had posted on social media that the Pope’s reforms were “undermining the deposit of faith.”
Related News: The Pope, 86, is reportedly experiencing a “flu-like condition,” including lung inflammation and difficulty breathing. He told a crowd he was “not well” on Wednesday, and he canceled a visit to the United Nations’ COP28 climate conference.
How the Media Covered It: Coverage was common across the spectrum, with some right-rated outlets highlighting a report by an Italian newspaper saying Francis said, “Cardinal Burke is my enemy, so I take away his apartment and his salary.”
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From the LeftPope punishes leading critic Cardinal Burke in second action against conservative American prelates
Pope Francis has decided to punish one of his highest-ranking critics, Cardinal Raymond Burke, by revoking his right to a subsidized Vatican apartment and salary in the second such radical action against a conservative American prelate this month, according to two people briefed on the measures.
Francis told a meeting of the heads of Vatican offices last week that he was moving against Burke because he was a source of “disunity” in the church, said one of the participants at the Nov. 20 meeting. The participant spoke on condition of anonymity because he was...
From the CenterCardinal Raymond Burke: Pope Francis to evict US critic from Vatican
Pope Francis is evicting US Cardinal Raymond Burke, an outspoken critic, from his Vatican apartment and revoking his salary.
Cardinal Burke is part of a group of American conservatives who have long opposed the Pope's plans for reforming the Catholic Church.
A Vatican source told the BBC that Pope Francis has not yet carried out his intention to evict the 75-year-old.
And the decision is not meant as a personal punishment, the source added.
Instead, it comes from the belief that a person should not enjoy cardinal privileges while criticising...
From the RightPope Francis reportedly takes Vatican apartment, salary from Cardinal Burke
Pope Francis has stripped one of his top American critics, Cardinal Raymond Burke, of his Vatican housing and salary privileges, the Associated Press is reporting.
According to the AP report, which is based on conversations with two anonymous sources briefed on the measures, the pope discussed his planned actions against the American prelate at a Nov. 20 meeting of Vatican office heads.
The pope reportedly said that Burke was a source of “disunity” in the Church and that he was using the privileges afforded to retired cardinals against the Church....