The Vatican released its list of new cardinals today. There are 24 total, including two from the United States.
Two Americans are on today’s list, and neither a surprise, considering the positions they hold: Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, D.C., and Raymond Burke, the former Archbishop of St. Louis.
Burke is the head of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome, roughly the equivalent of the Vatican’s Supreme Court. He infuriated liberal Catholics during the 2004 election season when he said that John Kerry would not be welcome to receive communion in St. Louis because of his position on abortion.
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We honored Cardinal Burke at our 2009 Partnership Dinner, so it’s a special thrill for us to see him elevated to the College.