The Pope has recently said a lot of great things about gay rights, poverty and inequality. However, the Pope has also been blasted for his lack of action. Even winning TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year without really doing much of anything.
Well it seems the Pope has taken one positive step and has released Cardinal Raymond Burke, former Archbishop of St. Louis in the United States.
Burke has been very vocal against abortion rights and same-sex marriage and Pope Francis has decided this message does not fit into his Vatican office.
According to TPM:
He has also been publicly critical of Francis's changes in the direction of the church. Burke retains his position as the head of the Vatican high court, the Apostolic Signatura.
This is the type of meaningful action the secular world is looking for and hopefully more of the same will come from this Pope. Though retaining his high court status means those keeping a watchful and skeptical eye will continue to do so.
This is merely a first step and the Pope has a lot to prove before many skeptics and secularists will accept he is nothing more than a glorified PR man for the Catholic Church, but with centuries of atrocities, bigotry and discrimination, any glimmer of actual change is welcome.