Congratulate Pro-Life Hero, Archbishop Burke, on his elevation to Cardinal

On Tuesday, October 19, Pope Benedict XVI named Raymond Burke, archbishop emeritus of St. Louis and current Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, as one of 24 archbishops who will be made a cardinal of the Catholic Church during the consistory in November.

All faithful Catholics and pro-life and pro-family individuals around the world have joyfully greeted the news of this great honor.

Archbishop Burke is an unrelenting champion of the rights of the unborn, the natural family, and orthodox Catholicism. He is viewed as a personal hero and the staunchest of allies by those who are active in promoting authentic Catholic education, as well as those within the pro-life and pro-family movements.

Archbishop Burke has never hesitated to make bold public statements in defense of Catholic orthodoxy and the culture of life, or to take public action against the culture of death. Notably, Archbishop Burke is one of the bishops who have upheld and defended Cardinal Ratzinger’s clear instruction that persistently pro-abortion politicians or public figures must not be admitted to communion until they publicly repent. He was also one of the 88 U.S. bishops who spoke up against Notre Dame’s decision to honor President Barack Obama at last year’s Commencement ceremonies.

As a cardinal, Archbishop Burke will not only be elevated as one of the princes of the Church, but will be placed among the ranks of those who could become our future pope.

Archbishop Burke deserves enthusiastic congratulations for this honor and needs our encouragement to continue to be a shining example of how a faithful bishop can boldly speak out and effectively lead in today’s world.

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Courtesy of the Cardinal Newman Society

Cardinals – What Came First – The Clergyman or the Bird?


Q: Cardinals – What Came First – The Clergyman or the Bird?

Where did the term “Cardinal” come from?

Did the Roman Catholic Church borrow the name and the colors from the bird, or was it the other way around? What does “Cardinal” mean, anyway?

A: Actually, the Church originated the term and the title around the end of the 4th century. The “red hat” that serves as the “badge of office” emerged a bit later.

Today, once must first be ordained a Bishop, in order to be a Cardinal. But that was not always the case.

And while there has over time, been some development and modification of the precise meaning of the term, the word itself is based on the Latin cardo (hinge), meaning “principal” or “chief”.

One might say that the success of various Papal policies and programs often “hinges” on the dedicated efforts of the men that the Pope appoints to the “college” of Cardinals.

The bird known as “the Cardinal” is found primarily in north America, so was obviously named in honor of the clergymen, some time after Columbus discovered America.

For complete details on Roman Catholic Cardinals from the Catholic Encyclopedia click here.

To read an article about Roman Catholic Cardinals on Wikipedia, click here.

For complete details on the BIRD click here.