Earlier today, longtime papal critic Cardinal Raymond Burke had a private audience with the pope — his first in about seven years. Other than announcing that this meeting was on the pope’s schedule in the daily press bulletin, following standard protocol, the Vatican did not mention the purpose of the meeting or what was discussed. Reuters journalist Philip Pullella reported that the date of Burke’s last private meeting was November 10, 2016. Pullella wrote, “Asked by Reuters outside his residence in Rome if the meeting had gone well, Burke responded: ‘Well, I’m still alive.'” Burke declined to give any additional details about the meeting.
Pullella summarized some of the highlights (or lowlights) of Cardinal Burke’s history with the pope: