Liberal Pope Francis Steps Up Attacks On Conservative American Clerics

Pope Francis exchanges his skull cap with one presented by a participant in the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
  • Two Vatican insiders say Pope Francis has decided to punish conservative American Cardinal Raymond Burke for being a source of “disunity” within the church, marking the second such action against the dignitary.
  • During a meeting last week with the heads of Vatican offices, Francis said he was taking action against Burke because of his disunity, one of the Nov. 20 meeting participants told the Associated Press. The participant spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not in a position to reveal the details of the meeting.
  • The second participant who spoke out on condition of anonymity said the pontiff was revoking Burke’s salary as a retired cardinal, as well as his privilege of having a subsidized Vatican apartment because he used the resources against the Catholic church.