A cardinal who was recently demoted by
Pope Francis said over the weekend that he would deny Holy Communion
to Catholic legislators who voted for legislation allowing gay and
lesbian couples to marry.
Last week, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke,
former Archbishop of St. Louis, was removed as the head of the
Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican's highest
court, and given the largely ceremonial post of Patron of the
Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
Speaking to RTE
News ahead of a conference on the Catholic Family in Limerick,
Ireland, Burke declined to comment on an upcoming public vote which
seeks to make Ireland the 18th nation with marriage
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“[O]f course, there would be a
question about receiving Holy Communion [if a legislator supported
marriage equality],” Burke said.
“You would not...” the interviewer
“No,” Burke answered.
Pope Francis acted shortly after Burke
led a successful campaign to strike out language welcoming gays to
the Catholic faith in a draft document about the family.
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Burke is an outspoken opponent of gay
rights who made headlines recently when he called gay relationships
“evil” and harmful to children.
“If homosexual relations are
intrinsically disordered, which indeed they are – reason teaches us
that and also our faith – then, what would it mean to grandchildren
to have present at a family gathering a family member who is living
[in] a disordered relationship with another person?” Burke
“We wouldn't,” he answered. “If
it were another kind of relationship – something that was
profoundly disordered and harmful – we wouldn't expose our children
to that relationship, to the direct experience of it. And neither
should we do it in the context of a family member who not only
suffers from same-sex attraction, but who has chosen to live out that
attraction, to act upon it, committing acts which are always and
everywhere wrong, evil.”