After being demoted from his role as head of the Apostolic Signatura, Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke said that he will refuse communion to any politician that voted for same-sex marriage.
Burke held a prestigious position as the head of the Vatican’s highest court but Pope Francis removed the outspoken conservative former archbishop of St. Louis from the position last week.
“Whether he likes it or not, and whether it is true or not, by transferring Burke in this way Pope Francis has created a media megaphone for his increasingly disillusioned conservative opponents,” conservative South Carolina priest, Rev. Dwight Longnecker said.
Burke wouldn’t speak about the demotion, but freely spoke about his views on same-sex marriage, saying he would have “issues giving holy communion” to Catholic legislators who “backed gay rights against church doctrine.”
Last month Burke said children should be kept away from gay family members.
“If it were another kind of relationship, something that was profoundly disordered and harmful, we wouldn’t expose our children to that relationship…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,” he said.
On November 17, Burke spoke at an interfaith conference on “traditional marriage.”
“We know that today marriage and the family are in crisis,” Burke said. “We now live in a culture of the temporary, in which more and more people are simply giving up on marriage as a public commitment. This revolution in manners and morals has often flown the flag of freedom, but in fact it has brought spiritual and material devastation to countless human beings, especially the poorest and most vulnerable.”