Cardinal Burke decries ‘persecution’ of Latin Mass at New York men’s event

(NCR. CAMILLO BARONE).

Retired U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke decried what he termed the “persecution” of the pre-Vatican II Latin Mass during a men’s breakfast event in New York City on April 23. Burke, a former head of the Vatican’s highest court who has taken an increasingly critical tone against Pope Francis over the last decade, also offered his views on denying Communion to Catholic politicians who support abortion rights to an all-male audience of about 150 at the New York Men’s Leadership Forum. On the Latin Mass, which Francis reimposed restrictions on in 2021, Burke said, “The Eucharist is so diminished today,” in part due to the conciliar reforms, “which made it seem like just some kind of everyday thing.

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