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Former La Crosse Diocese bishop receives punishment from Pope, gives up Vatican apartment



A former bishop of the La Crosse Diocese is being punished by the Pope for being a source of “disunity” in the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis revoked the right of retired Cardinal Raymond Burke to have a subsidized Vatican apartment and salary.

The 75-year-old Burke, a western Wisconsin native, led the diocese in La Crosse for nine years beginning in 1995 and was named a cardinal 13 years ago — retiring from that position earlier this year.

He has become an outspoken critic of the Pope on issues such as acceptance of gay and transgender Catholics and other reform measures within the church.

Burke claims Francis is promoting a political agenda.

Burke reportedly spends much of his time at the Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine, which he founded outside of La Crosse.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. John

    November 29, 2023 at 11:00 am

    Horrible guy….trying to follow doctrine of the Catholic faith is creating disunity.

  2. Jim Banks

    November 29, 2023 at 9:09 pm

    He’s a central Wisconsin native
    He became the Bishop of LaCrosse diocese and put us in $22 million debt and left for St. Louis and became an Archbishop and then a Cardinal
    I’m not opposed to some of his opposition to the Pope

  3. Randy Gage

    January 27, 2024 at 11:18 pm

    Why are the Pope’s interests in Church direction highlighted as “political”, by fierce ideologues like Burke while simultaneously Burke’s proccupations with his brand of propriety, stuffy pomp and pageantry are hawked as appropriate and legitimate. Christ wasn’t addicted to money, position, and power, was He?

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