St. Louis archbishop, others tapped for Vatican's supreme court
VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Archbishop Raymond L. Burke of St. Louis to the Vatican's Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature.
Pope Benedict also named Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, the prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, and Archbishop Luis Martinez Sistach of Barcelona, Spain, to the court July 8.
Archbishop Burke had worked for the court during 1989-94.
According to Pope John Paul II's 1988 apostolic constitution, "Pastor Bonus," the Apostolic Signature functions as the Vatican's supreme court and is charged with ensuring justice is administered correctly in all tribunals and by all offices of the Roman Curia.
Many of the cases handled by the court are appeals to sentences of the Roman Rota dealing with marriage annulments.
The Apostolic Signature also promotes and approves the establishment of interdiocesan tribunals around the world.
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Copyright (c) 2007 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
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