With an encore of Cardinal Pell in cappa and the USCCB chief Cardinal Francis George of Chicago leading 20 decades of the Rosary, the
festivities for neo–Tridentine-inclined WYD pilgrims might be getting underway later today in Sydney, but half a world away — and fresh off his appointment as the church’s “chief justice” — it didn’t take Archbishop Raymond Burke long to return to the mothership of his preferred 1962
Missal community, and with a hero’s welcome to boot.
Having ordained two of its members last year in his now-former cathedral in St. Louis, the new prefect of the Apostolic Signatura repeated the honors earlier this month for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest at a Florentine church close by the group’s main headquarters at Gricigliano.
Widely believed to be one of Pope Benedict’s top consultors in crafting the canonical aspects of Summorum Pontificum — the pontiff’s 2007 motu
proprio granting wider permission for the celebration of the pre-Conciliar
missal — one untouched aspect in the significant buzz over the archbishop’s transfer is the significant likelihood that, given his new base at the Vatican, his long ties to the communities attached to the “Old Rite,” and (much like the Signatura’s docket) the issue’s predominant concentration to the English-speaking world, the archbishop could well be named in due course to head the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei in succession to Colombian Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, who turned 79 in early July.
As for Burke’s succession in St Louis, there’s no shortage of talk
going around in church circles… at least for now, however, it’s just that —