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Cardinal Burke: Codifying Roe v. Wade in Federal Law is Part of the Evil One's 'Program of Lies and Death'

By Michael W. Chapman | February 16, 2021 | 11:15am EST
Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke.  (Screenshot)
Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke. (Screenshot)

Two days after President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris announced that they are committed to codifying Roe v. Wade into law, Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke, an American, gave a sermon in which he said such a plan is part of the Evil One’s “program of lies and death.”

This is the same Cardinal Burke who said in August that Biden “is not a Catholic in good standing and he should not approach to receive Holy Communion.”

On Jan. 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, when the Supreme Court ruled that abortion is constitutional, Biden and Harris released a statement. It partly said, “The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to codifying Roe v. Wade and appointing judges that respect foundational precedents like Roe.” 

Two days later at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisc., Cardinal Burke offered the Mass. In his sermon, he said, “We live in times when it can seem that the Evil One is succeeding in his program of lies and death. In our own nation, the federal government wants to codify as law the totally unjust decision of the Supreme Court, which made legal abortion on demand, and to impose upon schools the teaching of the iniquitous gender theory.”

“At the same time, it [the federal government] threatens to deny the freedom of religion, the freedom of citizens to follow God’s plan for the world and for man, inscribed in nature itself and written upon every human heart,” said Burke.

“In the face of such seemingly ineluctable developments, we are tempted to discouragement and even to the abandonment of the battle against the Evil One and his program of lies and murder,” he added.  “But Christ is with us to win the battle, if only we engage it, yes, with our seemingly little and insignificant forces. Our weak and poor hearts, united to the royal heart of Christ the King, become strong and rich for the transformation of our homes and, thus, of our neighborhoods, our nations, and our world.”

Joe Biden at a 2020 fundraiser for Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider. (Getty Images)
Joe Biden at a 2020 fundraiser for Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider. (Getty Images)

Cardinal Burke did not mention Biden by name, but the federal government is run by the Biden administration and the president and vice president have made clear they want to codify Roe v. Wade.  

Cardinal Burke did mention Biden by name on Aug. 31, in an interview with Catholic Action for Faith and Family.

Joe Biden “is not a Catholic in good standing and he should not approach to receive Holy Communion,” said Cardinal Burke in that interview.

President Joe Biden departing St. Joseph's Catholic Church.  (Getty Images)
President Joe Biden departing St. Joseph's Catholic Church. (Getty Images)

“This is not a political statement, I don’t intend to get involved in recommending any candidate for office,” said Burke, who was ordained a bishop by Pope St. John Paul II.  “But simply to state that a Catholic may not support abortion in any shape or form because it is one of the most grievous sins against human life, and has always been considered to be intrinsically evil, and therefore to in any way support the act is a mortal sin.”

Biden “has not only been actively supporting procured abortion in our country but has announced publicly in his campaign that he intends to make the practice of procured abortion available to  everyone in the widest possible form, and to repeal the restrictions on this practice which have been put in place,” said the cardinal.

“So, first of all, I would tell him not to approach Holy Communion out of charity toward him, because that would be a sacrilege, and a danger to the salvation of his own soul,” said Burke.

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“But also he should not approach to receive Holy Communion because he gives scandal to everyone,” said the cardinal.  “Because if someone says, ‘Well, I’m a devout Catholic’ and at the same time is promoting abortion, it gives the impression to others that it’s acceptable for a Catholic to be in favor of abortion and, of course, it’s absolutely not acceptable.”

“It never has been, it never will be,” he added.

Although contrary to Catholic moral teaching, Biden also supports “gay marriage,” gay adoption, in vitro fertilization, gender theory, and transgender females (biological males) playing in real women’s sports and using their bathrooms and showers.

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