Not really a shock, but still a surprise.
Sandro Magister, who has emerged as the most authoritative and reliable
of Vaticanists in the reign of Pope Francis, reports in his column for today, September 17, that
Raymond Cardinal Burke is about to be removed from the position of
Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, and from the Roman Curia altogether.
His new position? That of "Cardinal Patron" of the Sovereign Military
Order of Malta, a symbolic position usually reserved either for retiring
Prelates, or as a merely extra position for this or that Curial head. A
symbolic position devoid of the governing responsibilities that come
from being the Prefect of a Curial Congregation or Tribunal, or of a
Pontifical Council, or of a major Archdiocese.
Curiouser and curiouser. Of course, Magister could be wrong.
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