Irish American Cardinal Burke rejected an interim document from the recent Rome synod which called on Catholics to welcome homosexuals, with their “gifts and qualities”, into the Christian community insisting that “they [homosexuals] must understand that even though they have this attraction, it is an attraction to disordered acts and that they need to seek the healing and grace needed and to order their lives correctly…”.
Cardinal Burke has a record of defending his conservative beliefs in a forthright way. While archbishop of St Louis, he led campaigns to deny Communion to Catholic politicians who supported legalised abortion. Last year the Pope removed Cardinal Burke from the Congregation for Bishops, the body dealing with the appointment of bishops around the world. Like nearly every religion, Catholicism is caught in this modern dilemma. Does it reject the modern world and risk irrelevance or embrace it? Once again the limits of faith and the human instinct to tolerate and love are in conflict.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021