UPDATE 30 Aug:
In yet another proof that liberals have a nasty streak a mile wide but no sense of humor, Michael Sean Winters at the Fishwrap posted a snarky attack on both me and on Cardinal Burke.
Let me spell this out for MSW and his crowd. I did not speculate that Card. Burke would be moved to Chicago. What I posted, below, was an exercise in IRONY (if you are a regular Fishwrap reader or from Columbia Heights click HERE for a definition of this hard word).
John Thavis, in his piece, opined that it is a great thing that Cañizares Llovera has been returned to his native Spain, that this may be some sort of genius masterstroke of Pope Francis to help curtail corruption, or something, in the Roman Curia. Then – try to follow the move here – I brought up a parallel case, and with another figure that the catholic Left despises: Card. Burke. If it was pastoral and good for the Roman Curia that Card. Cañizares be moved to a major see in his native place, then what American Cardinal in the Curia could be moved to a major see in his native place? About which American diocese are lots of people talking right now? Chicago. See? Thus: be careful what you wish for, liberals. They never think things through, do they?
No one thinks that Pope Francis will send Card. Burke to Chicago. Such a move would be fine by me. I’d love to see the wailing and gnashing of teeth were he, the great defender of can. 915, sent to Washington DC, but that’s not going to happen either.
Also, take a look at MSW’s deeply nasty ad hominem swipe at Card. Burke. And they yap about charity on the internet. Sometimes people say that my combox has mean-spirited comments. It is to laugh. No place on the Catholic internet is more vicious than the comboxes at the National Schismatic Reporter. Go see for yourselves. HERE
Nasty. Humorless. Obtuse.
UPDATE 30 August evening, Saturday of Labor Day weekend:
Fishwrap posted that they were closing their comboxs for the Labor Day weekend. HERE
And yet their commentators have been posting all day today.
Hmmmm. Actually, it looks like the combox is turned off on some posts, but not others. Did someone miss the memo?
_____ ORIGINALLY POSTED Aug 28, 2014 @ 13:08
John Thavis has an interesting observation in his reportage about the transfer of Card. Cañizares Llovera back to his native Spain after his term as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship.
A couple snips…
I’ve argued that if Pope Francis really wants to emphasize service over prestige in Vatican appointments, he should make it clear that those called to Rome are there temporarily, with no guarantee of career advancement, and can expect to return home after their five-year term is over.
It will be interesting to see if Pope Francis is willing to send younger department heads back to pastoral service after a few years at the Vatican, rather than keeping them on forever. The turnover would be good for the church, and would remind the prelates that their time in Rome is a sacrifice, not a career move.
Okay, I’ll bite!
Consider if you will the case of His Eminence Raymond Leo Card. Burke, the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of Apostolic Signatura. He is young, in Cardinal Years. Who better than he to exemplify Pope Francis’ laser-beam focus on the pastoral?
Pope Francis could make Card. Burke the next Archbishop of Chicago!
Think about it.
Card. Burke was born and raised in Wisconsin, near to the Windy City in the great upper Midwest. He was Archbishop of St. Louis, and so knows his way around the job and around the USCCB.
One way or another, if Pope Francis sends Burke home as an Archbishop or keeps him in Rome as a Prefect, he will seek holiness and excellence in whatever role he has. And, truth be told, there is quite simply no churchman more pastoral than Raymond Leo Card. Burke.