John M. Becker

Maddow Covers Raymond Burke's 'Very Public Demotion'

Filed By John M. Becker | November 12, 2014 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Media
Tags: Catholic Church, Catholicism, MSNBC, Pope Francis, Rachel Maddow, Rachel Maddow Show, Raymond Burke

maddow-burke.jpgHere at The Bilerico Project, we're oddly fascinated with Cardinal Raymond Burke, a Vatican fashion icon and the divisive and virulently homophobic leader of the Catholic Church's conservative wing.

Burke, whose ecclesiastical fortunes skyrocketed under the conservative papacies of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, has had an utterly stunning fall from grace under Pope Francis, who has fired him from two powerful, high-profile positions in the Catholic Church within the past two years.

Last night, the Burke saga caught the attention of MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, who covered it on her show. Maddow gave an overview of Burke's history of radical political activism and interviewed Kevin Eckstrom of the Religion News Service, who described Cardinal Burke's change of fortune as "as big a fall for somebody in [his] position as it probably possibly could be."

Eckstrom added that Pope Francis's firing of Burke is a power play that sends a strong message: when it comes to reforming the Catholic Church, the pontiff is "going to get what he wants, and he'll do what he needs to do to get it done."

Watch, after the break.

h/t: The New Civil Rights Movement.

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