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Top US cardinal and Pope critic loses key Vatican post

US cardinal Leo Raymond Burke walks through St Peter's Square after a cardinals' meeting at the Vatican, on March 11, 2013The Vatican on Saturday removed the former archbishop of St. Louis, Raymond Leo Burke, from a key post following his criticism of the pope. Burke was stripped of the headship of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the highest judicial authority in the church, and instead named as patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, an honorific post. Burke was replaced as cardinal prefect of the tribunal by Dominique Memberti, a Frenchman, a Vatican statement said. Britain’s Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher replaced Memberti as Secretary (Relations with States) of the Secretariat of State, equivalent to the Vatican’s foreign minister.

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