Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, a Covid-19 vaccination critic, is hospitalized and in a ventilator

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, a Covid-19 vaccination critic, is hospitalized and in a ventilator

In a tweet on August 10, Burke, a Covid-19 vaccination critic, announced that he had tested positive for coronavirus and said, “Thank God I am resting comfortably and receiving excellent medical care.”

It is unclear whether Cardinal Burke, who is in his early 70s, has been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Burke, a cardinal prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, was scheduled to attend several Masses at Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, which was founded by Burke.

He was set to celebrate Mass as late as August 5, according to a tweet that has since been deleted from the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The latest video on Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s YouTube page of Burke celebrating Mass is from July 30th.

CNN has contacted the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe to get a comment and to confirm the last time Burke shared Mass, but has not yet heard back.

In a sermon given at the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in December 2020, Burke referred to Covid-19 as the “mysterious Wuhan virus” and said that “it has been used by certain forces, irresistible to families and to states. freedom., to advance their evil agenda. “

In May 2020, Burke spoke at the Rome Life Forum, saying “Vaccination in itself cannot be imposed on citizens in a totalitarian way. When the state adopts such a practice, it violates citizens’ integrity. While the state can provide reasonable rules to protect health, it is not the ultimate, it is not the ultimate health provider God is. Whatever the state proposes, respect God and his law. “

Burke also reiterated baseless allegations in his remarks from the Rome Life Forum, even passing the unsubstantiated view that Covid-19 vaccines can carry hidden microchips that make vaccinated individuals susceptible to government control.

“There is some movement to insist that now everyone should be vaccinated against Coronavirus Covid-19, and even that some kind of microchip should be placed under the skin of any person so that he or she can be checked for health at any time. and concerning other matters which we can only imagine as a possible object of control of the State, ‘Burke asserted.

CNN’s religion commentator Father Edward Beck on Monday characterized these conservative views as “outliers” and says they are not common among the people he encounters regularly.

“I think of the majority of Catholics, Cardinal Burke and some other very right-wing bishops are seen as extreme, especially with this issue. So even though they have some followers who listen to what they say, I do not believe in no way that it’s the majority or that they have much influence on what they say, “said Father Beck.

“I work in three parishes, practically everyone I spoke to gets vaccinated, if they are not vaccinated, it’s for health reasons, it’s not because the church says anything they get second thoughts about. So I really do not think , that the positions of Cardinal Burke and his ilk right now have great effect on most Roman Catholics, “Father Beck added.

Burke has been a critic of Pope Francis and was reassigned from the Vatican High Court to a lower position in 2014.

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