Ultra-conservative cleric hates choice, LGBTQ rights
by Mike Andrew -
SGN Staff Writer
Cardinal Raymond Burke is at it again. From his residence in the Vatican - where he was once a leading Roman Catholic official but is now perceived as a discredited opponent of Pope Francis - the cardinal has proclaimed that President Joe Biden is not a faithful Catholic.
Burke's remarks were prompted by Thomas McKenna, founder of Catholic Action for Faith and Family and host of the monthly broadcast "Conversations with Cardinal Burke."
His interview with Burke addressed a variety of topics but highlighted the issues related to President Biden's polices that may be in opposition to Catholic dogma.
Although Biden is well known for attending Mass weekly, his support for reproductive choice and LGBTQ rights rankles conservative Catholics.
In his 25-minute interview with McKenna, Burke says that politicians who use the sacraments for political ends and who pretend to be devout Catholics to gain support of Catholics are in fact not Catholic at all.
"[A] person who obstinately and publicly denies truths of the faith and acts against the truths of the faith or the moral law, may not present themselves for Holy Communion," Burke insisted.
Biden has also been criticized for his pro-choice, pro-LGBTQ policies by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, considered one of the strongholds of Catholic conservatism.
In the interview, Cardinal Burke also weighs in on the recent document published March 12 by the First Section (General Affairs) of the Secretariat of State of Pope Francis imposing concelebration upon the priests who celebrate Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. He explained canonical and doctrinal consequences it can have.
This is not the first time Burke has condemned Biden. In January, he charged that Biden's plan to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law was part of a Satanic "program of lies and death."
"We live in times when it can seem that the Evil One is succeeding in his program of lies and death," Cardinal Burke said in a January 24 sermon that was subsequently published in the National Catholic Register.
"In our own nation, the federal government wants to codify as law the totally unjust decision of the Supreme Court, which made legal abortion on demand, and to impose upon schools the teaching of the iniquitous gender theory," he added.
"At the same time, it threatens to deny the freedom of religion, the freedom of citizens to follow God's plan for the world and for man, inscribed in nature itself and written upon every human heart," he added.
No blessings for same-sex couples
In another interview with Raymond Arroyo of EWTN, Burke said that Pope Francis must explicitly endorse a recent Vatican ruling barring priestly blessings for same-sex couples. The ruling has drawn criticism from some Catholic clergy and suggestions that the Pope was "rushed" into approving it.
The Pope should say clearly that he approved the ruling and stands by it, Burke demanded.
"The blowback is simply an expression of a worldliness, a mundanity, which has entered into the Church by which the aggressive homosexual agenda is now dominating even in certain ecclesial circles and even among certain bishops," the cardinal said.
In a 2013 interview, Burke said that same-sex marriage "is a work of deceit, a lie about the most fundamental aspect of our human nature, our human sexuality, which, after life itself, defines us. There is only one place these types of lies come from, namely Satan. It is a diabolical situation [that] is aimed at destroying individuals, families, and eventually our nation.