The Wisconsin bishop who will become the archbishop of St. Louis next month is a staunch conservative who is expected to carry out most of the initiatives Cardinal Justin F. Rigali introduced during the past nine years.
Archbishop-elect Raymond L. Burke, 55, has been the bishop of La Crosse, Wis., for the last nine years. The Vatican announced Tuesday that Burke will succeed Rigali, who moved to Philadelphia in October as its archbishop and a cardinal.
On Jan. 26, the former Vatican church lawyer will be installed as the St. Louis archdiocese’s ninth bishop and eighth archbishop at the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica.
St. Louisans will get a hardworking bishop who follows the finest points on all Vatican directions precisely, from major policies to revisions for bows and nods at Mass.
I love the words used to describe orthodox Bishops as either a staunch conservative or a Vatican hard-liner. We never seem to get to be introduced to a Vatican soft-liner. But we do need those described as staunch. We need to staunch the loss of vocations and the loss of respect for the Eucharist.