The Catholic University of America

Feb. 25, 2014 

Cardinal Burke to Give Provost Lecture 

Cardinal Raymond Burke will give the 11th Annual James H. Provost Memorial Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center Great Room on the campus of The Catholic University of America.

Cardinal Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, will speak on “The Relation between the Apostolic Signatura and the Local Church.”

The cardinal studied at The Catholic University of America receiving his B.A. and M.A. in philosophy. He pursued further studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, earning a license and a doctorate in canon law, among other degrees. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1975. Pope John Paul II named him Defender of the Bond of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in 1989.

He was appointed bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse in 1994, and archbishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis in 2003. In June 2008, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him to the position he currently holds in the Apostolic Signatura. In 2010, the Pope elevated him to the College of Cardinals.

Rev. Robert J. Kaslyn, S.J., dean of the School of Canon Law, notes, “The Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura functions as the supreme tribunal in the Church and also ensures that justice in the Church is correctly administered.”

“The exercise and protection of justice is of great importance in the life of the Church, on the diocesan, national, and international levels, and we look forward to a significant talk by an important curial official.”

Hosted by the School of Canon Law, the event is open to the public with a reception to follow. For more information, contact

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