‘Cardinal Burke has been admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 and is being assisted by a ventilator,’ reads tweet about senior Catholic’s health
Cardinal Raymond Burke announced that he had tested positive for Covid last week while on a visit to his home state from Rome. He asked his followers to pray for him as he battled the virus.
He tweeted, “Praised be Jesus Christ! I wish to inform you that I have recently tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Thanks be to God, I am resting comfortably and receiving excellent medical care. Please pray for me as I begin my recovery. Let us trust in Divine Providence. God bless you.”
pourtant, les 73 year-old’s condition has since worsened, leading him to be placed on a ventilator in a hospital. The update was provided by a spokesperson on his Twitter account.
“Cardinal Burke has been admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 and is being assisted by a ventilator. Doctors are encouraged by his progress. H.E. faithfully prayed the Rosary for those suffering from the virus. On this Vigil of the Assumption, let us now pray the Rosary for him,” the tweet read.
Cardinal Burke has been seen frequently not wearing a mask. It is not known whether he is vaccinated against Covid-19 but has made public statements outlining anti-vaccine sentiment.
En mai 2020, il a dit, “vaccination itself cannot be imposed, in a totalitarian manner, on citizens.”
During the same virtual address, Cardinal Burke went on to echo conspiracy theories, saying the vaccine injected “a kind of microchip” that permits people to “be controlled by the State regarding health and about other matters which we can only imagine.”
En décembre 2020, he referred to the coronavirus as “the mysterious Wuhan virus”, a derogatory term famously used by former President Donald Trump. He also said that people were using the pandemic to “advance their evil agenda”.
Dans un déclaration, the Vatican said all available Covid vaccines were “morally acceptable”. Both Pope emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis have gotten two doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
De 1995 à 2004, Cardinal Burke was the bishop of the diocese of La Crosse in Wisconsin. Entre 2004 et 2008, he served as the Archbishop of St Louis. Following this, he became the Vatican’s Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. Pope Francis relieved him from this post in 2014.
Cardinal Burke has been a vocal critic of Pope Francis, opposing his views on divorced people taking Communion, abortion and LGBT+ issues.