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Vocal bishop to lead Vatican court

June 29, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

An archbishop who tussled with singer Sheryl Crow, college basketball coach Rick Majerus, and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry over their support for abortion rights has been named to lead the Vatican supreme court.

Archbishop Raymond Burke, an expert in church law and perhaps the most outspoken of conservative U.S. bishops, will probably be made a cardinal. The supreme court is traditionally headed by a cardinal.

Burke's disputes with public figures drew attention to the archdiocese in his 4 1/2 years in St. Louis.

He will be the first American to lead the court.

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