From The Tablet, June 3:
One of the Church’s highest-ranking prelates said he pulled out from a conference of traditionalist Catholics in London because his participation could have been seen as a mark of disrespect to the bishops of England and Wales. In a letter to Daphne McLeod, the Chairman of Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, the group he was due to be addressing, Cardinal Raymond Burke said that concern was raised about his attendance at the June 18 event by “various sources” including “devout and faithful Catholics” in England. Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Vatican’s Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, whose speech was titled “The restoration of church discipline and evangelisation,” noted that the text on the event registration form stated “our bishops are obdurate in their refusal to allow our glorious Catholic faith to be taught in the schools.” Mrs. McLeod told him that while her group are often seen as “whistleblowers who are inevitably unpopular with the establishment” they always show respect to the bishops. She pleaded with the cardinal to reconsider his decision to withdraw from speaking and asked him how she was supposed to pay an outstanding £5,000 bill (= $8,200 – ed.) for the hire of venue and dinner after the conference.