Irish American Cardinal Raymond Burke blames women for church’s problems

By Dara Kelly | 27 January 2016
Irish Central

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Women and girls are responsible for fall in vocations to priesthood, says controversial Cardinal Raymond Burke. (Photo by: Getty)

The crisis in Catholicism apparently has one source: women. According to Cardinal Raymond Burke, since the 1960’s women have “feminized” the church and discouraged “manly” men from participating in clerical life.

Burke, 66, the firebrand conservative who was recently demoted by Pope Francis to the ceremonial post as patron of the Order of Malta, pointed to the introduction of altar girls as an example.

Serving mass is a “manly” job argues the Irish American Cardinal, and so the participation of women and girls in the daily life of the church has had a chilling effect that has led to a drop in morale and priestly vocations.

“Young boys don’t want to do things with girls. It’s just natural,” Burke, a Wisconsin native with Tipperary roots, told a group called The New Emangelization (a conservative organization that exists to put the “man” back in evangelization).

“It requires a certain manly discipline to serve as an altar boy in service at the side of priest, and most priests have their first deep experiences of the liturgy as altar boys.”

“If we are not training young men as altar boys, giving them an experience of serving God in the liturgy, we should not be surprised that vocations have fallen dramatically,” he said.

So it’s not the international abuse crisis that has most led men to reconsider joining the church, it’s girl cooties. And feminism, of course.

“The radical feminism which has assaulted the Church and society since the 1960s has left men very marginalized,” said the Cardinal, a member of one of the oldest and most enduring men’s groups on earth.

“Apart from the priest, the sanctuary has become full of women. The activities in the parish and even the liturgy have been influenced by women and have become so feminine in many places that men do not want to get involved.”

Not only do boys not want to share altar time with the girls, they resent how much better girls do their jobs apparently.

“The girls were also very good at altar service. So many boys drifted away over time. I want to emphasize that the practice of having exclusively boys as altar servers has nothing to do with inequality of women in the Church.”

There you go again girls, breaking into places where you don’t belong and doing a better job at it. Have you no shame?

Actually, what you ladies did wasn’t just invasive it was terrible, as Burke underlines.

“There was a period of time when men who were ‘feminized’ and confused about their own sexual identity had entered the priesthood; sadly some of these disordered men sexually abused minors; a terrible tragedy for which the Church mourns.”

There you have it, it was the feminists with their “feminizing” that was the real engine of the molestation crisis. I’m sure that you’re reading this and having an Aha! moment. Who could disagree?

Burke, it should be emphasized, is not calling for complementary roles to be performed by both sexes in the life of the church, comporting to their sex. He’s simply calling for a removal of all female influence, because it leads men astray and tarnishes or ruins things.

No wonder Pope Francis thought he’d be better off sent to pasture rather than pastoring.

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78 COMMENTS

  1. “Young boys don’t want to do things with girls. It’s just natural,”
    Maybe he didn’t, but since 9-10 I was always after girls. It wasn’t that easy at that age to finesse your way to “doing things” with girls, but if church was the place to be with them I would’ve wanted to go. :-)

  2. You, Linda are one sick and twisted puppy let me tell ya. Yeah Cardinal Burke the dress wearing puke who spent $30,000 alone on one of his fancy outfits and then $40,000 on an ermine lined 40′ long cape? Yeah ok.

    Oh and there are a couple of Saints I would love to introduce YOU to.

    Saint Peter Damian: Listen, you do-nothing superiors of clerics and priests. Listen, and even though you feel sure of yourselves, tremble at the thought that you are partners in the guilt of others; those, I mean, who wink at the sins of their subjects that need correction and who by ill-considered silence allow them license to sin. Listen, I say, and be shrewd enough to understand that all of you alike are deserving of death, that is, not only those who do such things, but also they who approve those who practice them. Letter 31, the Book of Gomorrah (Liber Gomorrhianus), containing the most extensive treatment and condemnation by any Church Father of clerical pederasty.

    Pope Saint Pius V: Therefore, wishing to pursue with greater rigor than we have exerted since the beginning of our pontificate, we establish that any priest or member of the clergy, either secular or regular, who commits such an execrable crime, by force of the present law be deprived of every clerical privilege, of every post, dignity and ecclesiastical benefit, and having been degraded by an ecclesiastical judge, let him be immediately delivered to the secular authority to be put to death, as mandated by law as the fitting punishment for laymen who have sunk into this abyss. Constitution Horrendum illud scelus

    Why yes, I agree with these two Saints, that Cardinal Raymond Burke, and all his fellow Pedophile Pimps Popes, Cardinals, Bishops and Archbishops should be deprived of every clerical privilege, every post, etc and them immediately delivered to the secular authority to be put to death. And who am I to argue with the Saints?

    Oh and here is a partial listing of your confirmed, disgusting Pedophile Pimps of your nasty cult of pedophiles, against whom, there is overwhelming, clear, convincing evidence they did in fact, participate in the Pedophile Shuffle.

    POPES: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Pope Francis

    CARDINALS: Adam Maida, Agostino Vallini, Angelo Scola, Angelo Sodana, Bernard Francis Law, Dario Castrillon Hoyos, Dominik Duka, Donald Wuerl, Franc Rode, Francis George, Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, George Pell, Godfried Danneels, Hans Hermann Groer, Humberto Mederios, John Cody, John Krol, John Wright, Joseph Bernardin, Juan Luis Cipriani, Justin Rigali, Keith O’Brien, Leonardo Sandri, Luis Antonio Tagle, Marc Oullet, Norberto Rivera, Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, Patrick O’Malley, Peter Turkson, Pio Laghi, Raymond Burke, Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, Richard Cushing, Roger Mahony, Sean Brady, Sean O’Malley, Silvio Oddi, Tarcisio Bertone, Thomas Winning, Timothy Dolan, Vinko Puljic, Wilfred Fox Napier, William Levada, Nicolas de Jesus López Rodriguez, Alfredo Ottaviani, Agostino Vallini, Angelo Bagnasco, Paolo Romeo, Philippe Barbarin, …and many others.

    ARCHBISHOPS: Andre Richard, Anthony Sablan, Blase Cupich, Charles J Chaput, Denis Hart, Desmond Connell, Diarmuid Martin, Edwin O’Brien, Ernest Leger, Francisco Xavier Martinez, Frank Little, Harry Flynn, Jerome Hanus, Jerome Listecki, John Charles McQuaid, John Clayton Nienstedt, John J Meyers, John Roach, Jose Horacio Gomez, Jose Luis Mollaghan, Luciano Storero, Mario Conti, Paul Richard Gallagher, Peter Gerety, Peter Sartain, Rembert Weakland, Robert Carlson, Silvano Tomasi, Theodore McCarrick, Valery Vienneau, William Edward Cousins, Dadeus Grings, Mario Antonio Cargnello, Jose Luis Chavez, Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, Adam Joseph Exner …and many others.

    BISHOPS: A.J. Quinn, Andrew Cozzens, Angel Simon Piorno, Anthony O’Connell, Antonio Sarto, Arturo Manadin Bastes, Bill Wright, Carl Mengeling, Christopher Coyne, Christopher Foster, David M O’Connell, David Zubik, Donald Kettler, Edward Cullen, Eugene Larocque, Gabino Miranda Melgarejo, George H Guilfoyle, George Leo Thomas, Gerard Frey, Giampaolo Crepaldi, Henry Kennedy, Howard Hubbard, James Garland, James Hoepner, James Kavanagh, James Murray, James Timlin, James Wall, John B McCormick, John Cunningham, John Doerfler, John Magee, Joseph Cistone, Joseph Devine, Joseph Imesch, Joseph McFadden, Joseph V Adamec, Jozef De Kesel, Juan Barros Madrid, Kenneth Povish, Kierran Thomas Conry, Laurence Glenn, Leo Clarke, Lorenzo Bellomi, Louis E Gellineau, Luis Guillermo Elchhorn, Marcelo Cuenca, Marco Antonio Ordenes, Maurice Schexnyader, Michael Bransfield, Michael J Sheridan, Michael Jarrell, Michael John Browne, Michael Malone, Partick Cooney, Peter A Libasci, Peter Conners, Pierre Pican, Raphael Michael Fliss, Raymond Lahey, Richard Malone, Richard Sklba, Robert Finn, Robert L Whelan, Robert Rose, Rogello Livieres, Roger Vangheluwe, Ronald Gainer, Ronald Mulkearns, Sanchez Sorondo, Seamus Hegarty, Terry Drainey, Thomas Curry, Thomas Dupre, Thomas J Tobin, Thomas V Daily, Timothy McDonnell, Vincent Leonard, William Lynn, William Murphy, Willie Walsh, Wilton Gregory, Wojciech Polak, Arulappan Amalraj, Leo Fiscalini, Marc Aillet, Loras Watters

  3. i can not believe all the anger–have you ever thought of prayer. Just because you dont believe the way cardinal burk does
    does not make things right or wrong. read Gods sayings (bible) and church rules love and mercy to all

  4. This article is such a misrepresentation of Burke's statements and position its nothing but slander.
    The author should be ashamed.

  5. So the Church segregates women, demonises them, regulates and refuses them any rights, and then tries to place the blame on them for criticising these vile attributes of the Church!
    Did I mention that God raped women and impregnated them?

  6. Not everything that boys "naturally" feel and do, without benefit of any guidance and corrective (when necessary) upbringing, is good.

    Altar boys refuse to serve God together with altar girls? What kind of priests would such boys likely have made, if they're so easily deflected from serving God by the fact that there are females doing the same thing?

  7. Let me get this straight. A guy who wears a gown and has sworn never to have sex with women is claiming that feminists are responsible for demasculinizing the altar boy experience. Yeah, the lack of enthusiasm couldn’t have anything to do with the exposure of all those years of sexual assault and predator abetting.

  8. THE ‘CHURCH’ HAS CREATED ITS OWN PROBLEMS WITH ITS LIES OF GODS AND JESUS’S !!

    It is time to treat the religions with the same scorn that they treat humans – DESTROY them – with extreme prejudice!!!!!!

  9. If this sort of comment was made against religion in the olden days – they had the 'god-given right' to kill us!!!

    If we think about that …. then he should be 'burnt at the stake'!

  10. What bull. I’m not a Catholic, but this is the ultimate “blaming the victim” especially since nuns were abused as well,and perhaps then went on to abuse, though not necessarily sexually, children in their care. Whenever people are in any sort of power, let alone a go-between the congregant and God,abuse is can be inviting. This isn’t necessarily limited to the Catholic Church, but it seems to have been rampant.

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