Not only Burke — Brotherly Purge of Francis the Merciful

(Rome) The Vaticanist Matteo Matzuzzi analyzed the reasons that led to the removal of Cardinal Burke from two Roman Congregations within a few days for the daily newspaper Il Foglio. He sees the main reason in a “completely opposite” understanding of the Church. An interview with Cardinal Burke, published on 12 December by EWTN finally led to the fracture. Cardinal Burke expresses doubt as to whether the Apostolic
Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium could be regarded as part of the papal magisterium at all. The background is also the great influence that the cardinal wielded under Pope Benedict XVI on the appointment of bishops in the United States.

Part of the American Church saw the opportunity to get rid of this influence under Pope Francis, and to assist them accordingly. Obviously, they met with success. Matzuzzi speaks of a “purge” against the clergy, who are closely related to Pope Benedict’s understanding of the Church. Because of the inflationary celebration of Pope Francis as a “reincarnation” of the “benevolent” Pope John XXIII., Matzuzzi writes of the connection not without a finer, deeper significance between the “cleansing” and the “benevolent Francis”. And once again this signifies the dislike of the new Pontiff against tradition.