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Cardinals Burke, Pell officially removed from Congregation for Divine Worship

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VATICAN, November 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinals Raymond Burke and George Pell will not remain members of the Congregation for Divine Worship, the Vatican has confirmed in a list of the liturgical office's new members.

Burke and Pell are known for their Catholic orthodoxy and strongly pro-life and pro-marriage stances. Burke is one of the four cardinals who has formally requested that Pope Francis clarify whether Amoris Laetitia is at odds with Catholic moral teaching. After the cardinals' request went unanswered for two months, the cardinals went public with their concerns. Burke has said cardinals will need to make a "formal act of correction" if Pope Francis doesn't clarify the serious errors related to the exhortation.

The Congregation for Divine Worship's new list of members can be seen here. The office's membership was recently gutted, with numerous progressives appointed as replacements. 

Cardinal Robert Sarah is the Prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship. Sarah has fearlessly opposed gender ideology and urged priests and bishops to more closely follow the rubrics of the Ordinary Form of the Mass by facing ad orientem instead of versus populum.

In a last-minute change, Pope Francis recently spoke instead of Sarah at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family in Rome. 

Sarah then backed out of a prominent speaking engagement in which he had confirmed his participation multiple times.

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