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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Cardinal Raymond Burke isn't shy about speaking his mind, but the former archbishop of St. Louis has quietly become an influential player in Rome since Pope Benedict XVI named him the Vatican's top legal authority. By David Gibson.

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  1. Mr. R. L. Hails Sr. P. E.

    The title for this article in Real Clear Religion is, “Is the Catholic Church Too Politically Active?” The content of the article has little to do with this title, unless “Politically Active” means, “…….could well face direct governmental persecution for their beliefs.”.

    May I suggest another title, “Cardinal Raymond Burke will not play right guard for the Redskins”. Both are equally informative about the article’s concepts.

  2. Cdl Burke is awesome. You make it sound like he is running the whole church. Cdl Oullet has had a big impact of the Cong of Bishops. Sure he is listening to Burke but he is choosing to listen to him knowing what kind of churchman Burke is. Pope Benedict knows too. Ultimately the more orthodox bishops have been on the rise since he took the chair of Peter. Many moderate bishops are taking note to. They see what kind of track record they need to have to get promoted.

  3. Having read through the Bible more than a few times in my 65 years, perhaps these esteemed prelates could point out the specific passages in the New Testament where Jesus said anything about sexual orientation, gay marriage, or birth control. While garbed to the hilt in their most sanctimonious clerical finery, these pompous peacocks seem bent on dragging what’s left of “THE Church” over the cliff and into permanent irrelevancy. What’s next I wonder. Back to selling indulgences? Torquemada? The Crusades? Jesus would be so proud!

  4. How interesting that the cardinal’s concept of tradition only goes as far back as the Catholic church’s evolution into an institution of pomp, circumstance and accretion of material wealth. The fact that he gets to “work” in a Renaissance palace and treasure’s the fancy robes and expensive baubles is testament to just how far some in the church have evolved away from the teachings of Christ regarding the care of the flock. All the property and expensive artifacts “owned” by the church have enough value to feed, clothe and provide medical care to many of the world’s needy that are part of the message in the Gospels.

  5. “Having read through the Bible more than a few times in my 65 years, perhaps these esteemed prelates could point out the specific passages in the New Testament where Jesus said anything about sexual orientation, gay marriage, or birth control.”

    An excellent point. At the same time, they could also point out where Jesus said anything about nuclear weapons, tax rates, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, global warming, campaign finance law, corporation power, capitalism, or any of the other six dozen political issues that the religious left invokes His name on to bless their positions. Oh, and it also occurs to me that Jesus never explicitly condemned incest, child pornography, bestiality, or heroin use. So I guess those are all OK.