Burke's Removal Strips U.S. Of Top Vatican Representative
Pope Francis removed the top American at the Vatican, but the move hasn't really surprised Vatican observers.By Sebastian Martinez | November 9, 2014
Pope Francis's removal of the highest-ranking American representative at the Vatican from his post has left the church without any Americans in prominent roles in Rome.
Cardinal Raymond Burke served as chief guardian of canon law and is well known in the church for his hard-line conservatism. He has repeatedly spoken out against Pope Francis who has garnered a reputation for progressivism. (Video via Catholic News Service)
In fact, less than a month ago, Burke told Spanish magazine Vida Nueva, "There is a strong feeling that the church is like a ship without a rudder."