Sunday, March 13, 2011

Welcome Downunder Ray!

Raymond Leo Burke (born June 30, 1948) is an American Cardinal[1] of the Holy Roman Church.[2] He is the current Cardinal Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, having previously served as Archbishop of St. Louis (2003–2008) and Bishop of La Crosse (1994–2003).

And thus begins the  bio of Ray Burke on Wikipedia. The dress conscious cleric is gracing our weather beaten shores for a flying visit to deliver a speech The Fall of the Christian West

 I wasn't aware of any fall. more like a sinking under the weight of the cover up of sexual abuse, the personality cult of the Papacy in recent times, the extravagant lifestyle of senior clerics, the dismantaling of Vatican 11 and some such as The Legionnaires of Christ and the Society of St Gerard Majella.

As well as the speech Ray Cardinal also made a cameo appearance at St Brigid's Church Marrickville to perform one of those all male dress up Extraordinary Rites. You can see some cool piccies here , including the one of Ray wearing the Cappa Magna which is like a built in red carpet for higher clergy.

Now, what  you may notice is that the parish bulletin for this week made no mention of Ray Cardinal's Extraordinary appearance in the Parish Church!! They didn't even give him a "Welcome Ray" message. I wonder if Ray looked up the web site prior to his visit so he could include a few local references in his homily?  

According to the official site of the Archdiocese of Sydney, "Before returning to Rome Cardinal Burke is hopeful of seeing a little more of Sydney. He has already been on a "walking tour" of Hyde Park and the CBD area." Oh dear, I do hope he didn't walk into any of Sydney's Famous Gay Beats in his day wear.
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