All from the Archdiocesan website. For the video, go to the link and scroll down. This statement is so typical of this good, kind, man– brilliant yet humble. His promotion is our loss, a loss that is not devastating only because, as the Archbishop noted, all such matters are for us no more or less than placing ourselves at the service of our Lord Jesus Christ.
A great man, who will do great good in a position of influence in Rome.
Think about that man when you see people talking of him and treating him in such a disgusting manner.
The other info is below:
Statement of His Grace:
Today, at noon in Rome (5 a.m. CDT), it was announced that His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, has named me prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, effective immediately. With the announcement, I ceased to be the Archbishop of St. Louis.
I am deeply humbled by the trust which His Holiness has placed in me, and, in priestly obedience, I have pledged to serve our Holy Father to the best of my abilities. Although you will no longer pray for me as your archbishop, especially during the celebration of the Holy Mass, I ask your prayers for me, that I may faithfully and generously cooperate with God’s grace in fulfilling my new responsibilities.
Leaving the service of the Church in the Archdiocese of St. Louis is most sad for me. It has been an honor and gift for me to serve the archdiocese over the past four years and five months. It had been my hope to serve here for a long time, but, as the bishop who called me to priestly ordination often remarked, “Man proposes, but God disposes.” I trust that doing what our Holy Father has asked me to do will bring blessings to the Archdiocese of St. Louis and to me. St. Louis is a great archdiocese which will always have a treasured place in my heart.
In a particular way, I am saddened to leave my fellow priests, whom I have so much grown to esteem and love. Often, I have spoken about the remarkable unity and loyalty of our presbyterate. For me, it has been a special grace to work with them in the service of God’s flock in the archdiocese. I thank them for the priestly fraternity which they have always shown me, and for the generous obedience with which they have responded to my pastoral care and governance of our beloved archdiocese.
With regard to the governance of the archdiocese, the College of Consultors will meet to elect an archdiocesan administrator who, with the help of the consultors, will govern the archdiocese, until the new archbishop is appointed and installed. Please pray for the College of Consultors and for the archdiocesan administrator whom they will elect.
Again, I ask your prayers. You can count upon my daily prayers for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, always.
Q & A Regarding Archbishop Burke’s Appointment as Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura
Q. What is the appointment?
A.His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Archbishop Raymond L. Burke to the office of prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome. The Apostolic Signatura is the highest judicial authority of the Catholic Church. The prefect is the highest authority at the Apostolic Signatura. Archbishop Burke replaces Cardinal Agostino Vallini.
Q. When does the appointment become effective?
A. The appointment is effective immediately, which means Archbishop Burke is no longer Archbishop of St. Louis. However, he will remain in St. Louis until his move to Rome in late August.
Q. Who will oversee the Archdiocese of St. Louis?
A. According to Canon Law, the College of Consultors, which is made up of local archdiocesan priests, will meet to elect an archdiocesan administrator who, with the help of the consultors, will govern the archdiocese until the new archbishop is appointed and installed.
Q. Can the administrator make any changes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis?
A. According to Canon 428, “When the see is vacant there are to be no innovations. Those who temporarily govern the diocese are prohibited from doing anything which could in any way be prejudicial to the diocese or episcopal rights; they themselves and any other persons are specifically prohibited from removing, destroying, or altering any documents of the diocesan curia, whether personally or through another.”
Q. How long will it take for St. Louis to get a new archbishop?
A. The process for the naming of the new archbishop, which is conducted by the Holy Father’s Congregation for Bishops, will begin immediately. Because it is a function of an archdiocese, the new archbishop will be appointed as soon as possible but with respect for the time which the process requires.