[quote="ringil, post:8, topic:348336"]
All of the hierarchy is less conservative than Burke- except maybe Bruskewitz.
I like Wuerl- solid choice.
Also the Holy Father- no Pope needs to give reasons for the decisions he makes.
Although I consider myself politically conservative, I would rather think in terms of orthodoxy rather than conservativeness when it comes to Holy Mother Church. Nothing that Burke has said or done is in disagreement with her teachings or the traditions within her. The Cure of Ars, the patron of priests, makes Burke look like he barely toes the line. Many of the outstanding leaders and saints were uber-orthodox.
Does the Pope "owe" any explanations? Not legally/technically, but out of a sense of love and responsibility as our father he does. In this case, I am not one who thinks that this is a case of 'get rid of the conservative' but could have occurred for any number of reasons.