LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) - Cardinal Raymond Burke is losing his role in the appointment of bishops in the United States.
The former La Crosse bishop was not reconfirmed to the Congregation for Bishops by Pope Francis.
Burke served as La Crosse bishop from 1994 to 2003 and went to the Vatican in 2008 after serving in St. Louis.
He drew attention in 2004 when he said he would deny communion to democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, a Roman Catholic who supports abortion rights.
Burke will keep his position as the head of the Vatican high court.