Headline RoundupNovember 29th, 2023

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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