Ultraconservative Cardinal Raymond L. Burke is hospitalized in Wisconsin with covid-19 and is currently on a respirator. The 73-year-old prelate has been a critic of vaccines, also citing the false news that it serves to inject a microchip under the skin. Contrary to masks and social distancing, Burke resides in Rome but contracted covid during a visit in his native Wisconsin. It was the cardinal’s press office that announced on Twitter that Burke is attached to the respirator. The message reports that doctors are “encouraged by his progress” and urges the faithful to pray the Rosary for his health. Former Archbishop of Saint Louis, Burke is one of America’s most conservative prelates. He denied communion to Democratic candidate John Kerry because he was not opposed to abortion and in an interview he accused the Catholics who had voted for Barack Obama of “collaborating with evil”. He had lashed out against the possibility of making vaccines against Covid mandatory, claiming that this would “violate the integrity of citizens.” Appointed cardinal by Benedict XVI, Burke then attacked the leadership of Pope Francis. Bergoglio deprived him of the post of prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, giving him the ceremonial office of patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
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