Cardinal Burke laments the “grave scandal” on many Catholic college campuses, brought about by tolerating dialogue in support of abortion and same-sex marriage.
Reports about Cardinal Burke’s recent interview with The Wanderer have focused largely on his statements about the Eucharist and its reception by pro-abortion politicians, but he also made important comments about Catholic college honors to politicians and the importance of teaching the truth about same-sex marriage.
Cardinal Burke told The Wanderer that it’s impossible to reconcile the Catholic identity of a Catholic college with decisions to honor political figures who have taken positions in support of abortion rights and same-sex marriage.
Cardinal Burke also said the prevalence of the culture of death and recent same-sex marriage victories can be, at least in part, laid blamed on poor catechesis.
Cardinal Burke said that an inappropriate understanding of the virtue of the term “tolerance” has also contributed to the culture of death. “Tolerance is a virtue, but it is certainly not the principal virtue; the principal virtue is charity,” he said. “The virtue of charity leads us to be kind and understanding to the individual, but also to be firm and steadfast in opposing the evil itself.”
He said too many Catholics have opted for silence in the face of evil. “But we cannot be silent any longer,” he said, “or we will find ourselves in a situation that will be very difficult to reverse.”
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