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burke-5100896-aCardinal Raymond L. Burke preaches on May 10 at the monthly Gospel of Life Society Mass St. Mary Parish in Norwalk. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)NORWALK – Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, prefect of the Vatican’s Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature, the church’s highest court, celebrated a Pontifical Low Mass May 10 at St. Mary Parish for members of the Gospel of Life Society.

Cardinal Burke devoted his homily to what St. John Paul II called “the culture of life,” referring to the late pope’s encyclical “Evangelium Vitae” as one of the greatest gifts of his pontificate.''

He urged the pro-life faithful to continue daily prayer and participation in the sacramental life of the church in support of the defenseless and vulnerable, especially against abortion, euthanasia, artificial generation of human life and destruction of human embryos.

One of the world’s foremost authorities on canon law, Cardinal Burke was invited to celebrate the traditional Latin Mass by Father Greg J. Markey, pastor. Father Markey celebrates a monthly pro-life Mass for the society at 9 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month at St. Mary Church.

The cardinal, who lives in Rome and was in the United States to attend a regional conference of the Canon Law Society of America in Baltimore, supported the parish’s recent $1.6-million renovation of the church with a letter of endorsement that was sent to parishioners.

He has also been a supporter of the traditional Latin Mass, now known as the extraordinary form, that was renewed when Pope Benedict issued his 2007 apostolic letter “Summorum Pontificum,” allowing priests to offer the Tridentine Mass without special permission from their bishops.

A native of Wisconsin, Cardinal Burke previously served as bishop of La Cross, Wis., and archbishop of St. Louis, Mo.

In 2008, when Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as the first American to head the tribunal, he became the second-highest ranking American prelate at the Vatican after Cardinal William Levada, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2010.

Cardinal Burke has been outspoken against the distribution of Communion to pro-abortion politicians.

The Gospel of Life Society has people from throughout Connecticut and beyond as members. 

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.