Friday, June 27, 2008

Archbishop Burke to Lead Church's Supreme Court

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 27, 2008 ( Benedict XVI named Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis as the new prefect of the Apostolic Signature, the Church's supreme court.

He succeeds Cardinal Agostino Vallini, 68, who was appointed today as the Pope's vicar for the Diocese of Rome upon the retirement of Cardinal Camillo Ruini.

The Apostolic Signature adjudicates, among other things, complaints of nullity and petitions for total reinstatement against sentences of the Roman Rota.

It also adjudicates administrative controversies referred to it by the pope or by dicasteries of the Roman Curia, as well as conflicts of competence between these dicasteries.

Archbishop Burke, who turns 60 on Monday, is a leading authority on canon law.
Raymond Burke was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin, and ordained to the priesthood in 1975 by Pope Paul VI.

He studied canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. In 1989 he became the first American to hold the position of Defender of the Bond of the Apostolic Signature.

He was appointed bishop of Lacrosse, Wisconsin, in 1994, and then archbishop of St. Louis in 2003.

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