The lone guy in Virginia standing up for Sal Cordileone
Pope Francis removed Cardinal Raymond Burke from head of the Apostolic Signatura (Vatican “Supreme Court;”) He did step down – way down – and is relegated to the largely “ceremonial role” as head of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
When some American Catholics worry that the hierarchy is tilting toward the Republican Party, or taking the church back to the 19th century (or earlier), they often point to Cardinal Raymond Burke as Exhibit A.
“Archbishop Cordileone has been severely criticized by those who do not know or understand Catholic teaching and others who seek to directly or indirectly undermine it. Agree with the Church or not, but the archbishop’s job is to lead Catholics and to protect Catholic students from wayward interpretations of our Catholic faith that have crept into society.”
Apparently, no on else in San Francsico has rushed to the aid of the Archbishop, so Mr Laird writes effusively:
“He should be saluted for taking a principled stand without concern for opinion polls. The archbishop is not “out of touch with the community that he has been assigned to serve,” as The Chronicle has argued. To the contrary, he understands it quite well.”