11 February 2019, The Tablet

Cardinal Burke launches personal website

'The website is a means of carrying out more fully my mission..especially the teaching of the Church’s doctrine and discipline'

Cardinal Burke launches personal website

Cardinal Burke is pictured leaving a papal audience at the Vatican in this Dec. 22, 2016, file photo
Photo: CNS photo/Paul Haring

Cardinal Raymond Burke has launched a personal website, cardinalburke.com.

The site is intended to be a source of inspiration for visitors and a means of teaching Church discipline and doctrine, the American Cardinal writes in a short introduction.

“For my part, the website is a means of carrying out more fully my mission as a Bishop and Cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church, especially the teaching of the Church’s doctrine and discipline,” the Cardinal writes.

He also says he hopes visitors will be inspired to pray for him. Visitors to the site can email prayer requests to Cardinal Burke, or sign up on the site to pledge to pray for the Cardinal.

The website contains a brief biography of the Cardinal. It notes that he is a member of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, but makes no mention of the Order of Malta, of which he is Patron. Following the constitutional crisis which occurred inside the order at the end of 2016 and early 2017, Cardinal Burke remains as patron of the order but is seen as “de facto suspended” from the role after the Pope appointed a special delegate, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, to handle matters concerning the knights.

Cardinal Burke's webpage also contains links to his apostolates, his two books and details on how to contact the cardinal.

The website's launch follows the cardinal appointing a press secretary, Elizabeth Westhoff, last month. 

Due to a large volume of web traffic following the website’s launch more security had to be installed and, as a result, the website was removed for a period on Saturday, the National Catholic Register reports.

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