In the interview published today, Cardinal Burke declared that â€œit is a warâ€ and â€œcritical at this time that Christians stand up for the natural moral law.â€ Should they not, he warned, â€œsecularization will in fact predominate and it will destroy us.â€
Cardinal Raymond Burke
One of the highest ranking cardinals in the Vatican has said that the United States is â€œwell on the wayâ€ to the persecution of Christians.
Cardinal Raymond Burke, former Archbishop of St. Louis and now the head of the Vaticanâ€™s highest court, told Catholic News Agency that he could envision a time when the Catholic Church in the U.S., â€œeven by announcing her own teaching,â€ is accused of â€œengaging in illegal activity, for instance, in its teaching on human sexuality.â€
Asked if the cardinal could even see American Catholics being arrested for their faith he replied, â€œI can see it happening, yes.â€
In his remarks to several U.S. Bishops meeting with him Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI made similarly emphatic warnings about the U.S. The pope told the bishops that â€œthe seriousness of the challenges which the Church in America, under your leadership, is called to confront in the near future cannot be underestimated.â€