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Cardinal Burke: prepare for martyrdom

Spread of secularism not new and will end as always: with blood, persecution and witness

American Cardinal Raymond Burke.

Quoting a late Jesuit catechetical writer, American Cardinal Raymond Burke said that Catholicism is facing “the worst crisis in its entire history,” due in part to a “betrayal of truth by those who claim to follow Christ and to be members of the Church,” and has warned faithful Catholics to prepare for “martyrdom.”

Burke made the comments at a “Rome Life Forum” on May 7 sponsored by Voice of the Family, a lay initiative made up of pro-life and pro-family Catholic groups. It played an active role during two Synods of Bishops convened by Pope Francis in 2014 and 2015 in defending traditional positions on marriage and family matters.

Among other points, Burke appeared to take aim at a cautious opening by Pope Francis in his document summarizing those synods, Amoris Laetitia, to the idea of allowing divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion after a process of discernment.

“It cannot be that the Church professes faith in the indissolubility of marriage … and at the same time admits to the Sacraments those who publicly live in violation of the indissolubility of marriage,” Burke said.

He described such a concession as the product of a “mundane perspective, man-centered and world-centered.”

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