Thursday, February 14, 2013

Raymond L. Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura: who will help choose the next Pope


There will be 11 Americans among the 118 Roman Catholic cardinals who will convene in the Sistine Chapel in mid-March to elect the next pope. They range from leaders of major archdioceses to retired prelates to top officials in the Vatican bureaucracy.

Here’s a look at the American “princes of the church” who will vote for the next leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics:

Raymond L. Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura
Age: 64
Born: June 30, 1948 in Richland Center, Wis.
Education: Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.), Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome)
Ordained a priest: 1975 in Rome

Posts held: bishop of La Crosse, Wis. (1994-2003); archbishop of St. Louis, Mo. (2004-2008); prefect of the Apostolic Signatura (2008-present)

Elevated to cardinal: 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI

UNITED STATES
Washington Post

By Caleb K. Bell| Religion News Service

February 13