Raymond Cardinal Burke has been re-appointed to Congregation for the Causes of Saints from which he had been removed in December of 2013.
The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, metropolitan archbishop of Bologna, and Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, as members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
The Congregation for the Causes of Saints controls the process that leads to the canonization of saints. The congregation prepares each year everything necessary for the Pope to be able to set forth new examples of holiness. After approving results on miracles, martyrdom and heroic virtues of various Servants of God, the Holy Father proceeds to a series of canonizations and beatifications.
At the time of his removal, the move stirred speculation of a rift between Pope Francis and Cardinal Burke along ‘liberal and conservative’ lines. After his subsequent removal from office of prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the highest non-papal judicial authority within the Church, Cardinal Burke was appointed patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a largely ceremonial position, that many saw as a demotion or a forced exile.