He’s now the former Archbishop of St. Louis – as of 5 o’clock this morning – but he’ll soon be off to Rome for a high profile position at the Vatican. Archbishop Raymond Burke, who headed the St. Louis archdiocese for more than four years, has been appointed to lead the Vatican’s Supreme Court.

Burke would be the first American to head the Apostolic Signatura – the highest judicial authority of the Catholic Church. Bishop Robert Hermann will serve as administrator of the St. Louis archdiocese until a permanent successor is named.