Matt C. Abbott
Cardinal Raymond Burke's gracious email to me
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By Matt C. Abbott
January 22, 2018

Early last month, I felt inspired to email Cardinal Raymond Burke a short note along with a relatively recent column of mine regarding the unsolved 1998 murder of Father Alfred Kunz. Father Kunz was a priest-canonist of the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin; Cardinal Burke was bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin from 1995 to 2003.

From Madison.com:
    Kunz's murder shocked the Catholic community, and rumors abounded as to why he was killed. He was a controversial figure within the church who had a regional following of adherents who traveled to Dane for his Latin masses. He was also known to perform exorcisms. Investigators focused for a time on the possibility that his uncompromising conservative views could have sparked the attack....

    The Kunz murder investigation has likely been the most expensive and time-consuming in the history of the Sheriff's Office, with some of the evidence 'double-checked and even triple-checked by different laboratories,' including the state Crime Lab, the FBI crime laboratory and independent labs....
Click here to read the column I sent to Cardinal Burke, who graciously responded as follows:
    Praised be Jesus Christ!

    Dear Matt,

    Thank you so much for remembering me with a copy of your latest article on the late Father Alfred Kunz whom I knew quite well. Thank you for what you have written.

    I am deeply grateful for your good wishes for a blessed Advent. I wish the same for you and your family. May God bless you and all your labors.

    Please continue to pray for me.

    Yours in the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and in the Purest Heart of Saint Joseph,

    Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke
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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2019 "Unsolved" podcast about the unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wis., and has been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets. He is mentioned in the 2020 Report on the Holy See's Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 to 2017), which can be found on the Vatican's website. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.

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