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Cardinal Burke: Catholic Church Becoming 'Feminized'

By    |   Tuesday, 13 January 2015 09:12 PM

The former highest-ranking American cardinal to work in Vatican City thinks the catholic church's problems stem from a "feminization" of the religion.

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, who formerly served as the Archbishop of St. Louis, recently spoke with The New Emangelization about a "man crisis" in the church.

"I think there has been a great confusion with regard to the specific vocation of men in marriage and of men in general in the Church during the past 50 years or so," Burke said.

"It's due to a number of factors, but the radical feminism which has assaulted the Church and society since the 1960s has left men very marginalized."

The cardinal went on to say that men are becoming less prominent in the Catholic faith as a result of the church facing women's issues.

"Unfortunately, the radical feminist movement strongly influenced the Church, leading the Church to constantly address women's issues at the expense of addressing critical issues important to men; the importance of the father, whether in the union of marriage or not; the importance of a father to children; the importance of fatherhood for priests; the critical impact of a manly character; the emphasis on the particular gifts that God gives to men for the good of the whole society," Burke said.

"The goodness and importance of men became very obscured, and for all practical purposes, were not emphasized at all. This is despite the fact that it was a long tradition in the Church, especially through the devotion of St. Joseph, to stress the manly character of the man who sacrifices his life for the sake of the home, who prepares with chivalry to defend his wife and his children and who works to provide the livelihood for the family. So much of this tradition of heralding the heroic nature of manhood has been lost in the Church today."

Burke went on to say that men are the backbone of the family, and it's important for a child to see his or her father as a strong father figure. This, Burke said, aids in a child's development.

Another factor that has led to the breakdown of the strong male figure is pornography, Burke said.

"Making things worse, there was a very fluffy, superficial kind of catechetical approach to the question of human sexuality and the nature of the marital relationship," Burke said.

"At the same time, in society, there came an explosion of pornography, which is particularly corrosive for men because it terribly distorts the whole reality of human sexuality. It leads men and women to view their human sexuality apart from a relationship between a man and woman in marriage.

"In truth, the gift of sexual attraction is directed toward marriage, and any kind of sexual union belongs properly only within marriage. But the whole world of pornography corrupts young people into believing that their sexual capacity is for their own entertainment and pleasure, and becomes a consuming lust, which is one of the seven capital sins."

Burke stressed that households should try to have a family dinner at least once a week. He said the long hours that men and women often work have contributed to the breakdown of the traditional home life.

Burke noted that women are a vital part of the church and they are important to its growth and structure. But he said several times in the interview that an increasing number of men think the church is becoming "feminized" — which is turning them away from their faith.

Burke was the highest-ranking U.S. cardinal in Rome under Pope Benedict XVI. But the conservative cardinal has disagreed with Pope Francis on several points, and he was recently removed from his Vatican post as prefect of the Apostolic Signature by Pope Francis.

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