Statement of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson on the Elevation of Archbishop Raymond L. Burke to Cardinal

October 20, 2010
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“The Archdiocese of St. Louis is very proud Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, presently Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura and Archbishop Emeritus of St. Louis, will be elevated by Pope Benedict XVI to the Sacred College of Cardinals at a Consistory in Rome on November 20, 2010.

Cardinal-designate Burke will be the fifth person who served as Archbishop of Saint Louis to be elevated to the College of Cardinals, after John Joseph Cardinal Glennon (1946), Joseph Elmer Cardinal Ritter (1961), John Joseph Cardinal Carberry (1969) and Justin Francis Cardinal Rigali (2003).

In the Catholic Church, Cardinals constitute a special body (Sacred College of Cardinals) whose primary responsibility is to elect a new pope. The Cardinals also serve as special advisors to the Holy Father —either individually or when they are called together to deal with issues of major importance.

Cardinal-designate Burke’s faithfulness and service to the Church have served the people of St. Louis well, and we proudly extend to him our congratulations, best wishes, and promise of prayerful support.”

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For more information on the Consistory, visit the Archdiocese of St. Louis' 2010 Consistory of Cardinals section.