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Raymond Leo Burke

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Raymond Leo Burke
One of the world’s foremost authorities on Roman Catholic canon law, Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke leads with an unwavering passion for the integrity of Catholic doctrine embodied in the words of Jesus Christ.

Born in June 1948 in Richland Center, Wis., Cardinal Burke’s path to the priesthood took him to Rome, where he was ordained by Pope Paul VI on June 29, 1975. One of his first assignments was teaching religion at Aquinas High School in La Crosse, Wis. His call to serve God has been expressed through a scholarly devotion to faith. He studied canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and later became the first American to hold the position of Defender of the Bond of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the church’s highest court. He now serves as a member of the College of Judges of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, of the Congregation for the Clergy, and of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts. He was appointed Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, on June 27, 2008.

Doctorate in Canon Law (JCD) with specialization in jurisprudence, Pontifical Gregorian University,
Rome, Italy, 1984.
Diploma in Latin Letters, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, 1983.
Licentiate in Canon Law (JCL), Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, 1982
Master of Arts in Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, 1975.
Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB), Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, 1974.
Master of Arts in Philosophy, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 1971.
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 1970.

Priesthood Ordination: June 29, 1975, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, by Pope Paul VI.
Episcopal Ordination: January 6, 1995, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, by the Venerable Pope John
Paul II.
Installed as eighth bishop of La Crosse at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman in La Crosse, WI, by Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland, February 22, 1995.
Installed as eighth archbishop of St. Louis at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, St. Louis, by the Rev. Msgr. Leopoldo Girelli, consigliere of the Apostolic Nunciature in the United States, January 26, 2004.
Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Burke Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome, June 27, 2008.
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