File photo of US Cardinal Burke, who was removed by Pope Francis as head of Vatican’s highest court

Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, then-prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature, leaves a session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 9. The Vatican announced Nov. 8 that Pope Francis has removed Cardinal Burke as head of the Vatican’s highest court and named him to a largely ceremonial post. He will now serve as cardinal patron of the Knights and Dames of Malta. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See BURKE-DISMISSAL Nov. 8, 2014.