Sunday, August 15, 2021
Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, archbishop emeritus of St. Louis, is ill with COVID-19 and has been placed on a ventilator, according to a Saturday night tweet from his Twitter account. Burke, 73, was Archbishop of St. Louis from 2003 to 2008. He went to the Vatican to become a member of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the highest judicial authority in the Catholic Church, aside from the Pope. He is currently Cardinal Priest of Sant'Agata de' Goti in Rome. According to the National Catholic Reporter, Burke "has expressed skepticism about the need for distancing measures to contain the coronavirus and has opposed mandatory vaccination schemes." In a homily given last December, Burke called COVID the "Wuhan virus," and said, "It has been used by certain forces inimical to families and to the freedom of nations, to advance their evil agenda."
According to LifeSiteNews.Com, Burke in a May 2020 address to the Rome Life Forum said vaccinations should not be forced "in a totalitarian manner" on people.
Burke, the website said, also said "there is a certain movement to insist that now everyone must be vaccinated against the coronavirus COVID-19 and even that a kind of microchip needs to be placed under the skin of every person, so that any moment he or she can be controlled by the State regarding health and about other matters which we can only imagine."
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