Not exactly a surprise that the Holy Father would tap a canon lawyer of Archbishop Burke’s quality as Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura the highest judicial authority within the Church – not counting the Pope. He will of course be missed being a true shepherd we have come to know and love. Saint Louis Catholic has some good commentary on this and what he calls the upcoming “unrestrained glee of the so-called progressive crowd who will not be able to contain themselves.”
We will certainly miss how quickly Archbishop Burke responds to scandal as evidenced by a letter he wrote to some women “priests” who were advertising in the Catholic section of the newspaper’s worship section
Both of you know that this is the height of false advertising, the Archbishop writes. The work that you carry out is not part of the Roman Catholic Church. It is in direct and contumacious rebellion against Roman Catholic teaching and practice. You have been excommunicated and have shown yourselves contumacious. You have incurred, automatically, the censure of excommunication because you have broken communion with the Roman Catholic Church…. I instruct you to cease immediately any reference to your activities as Roman Catholic or as constituting a Roman Catholic parish.