Cardinal Raymond Burke is warning that the World Economic Forum's "Great Reset" initiative in response to the coronavirus pandemic is an attempt to manipulate "citizens and nations through ignorance and fear" at the same time that Marxist materialism is taking hold in the United States.
Burke, the former archbishop of St. Louis and now a member of the highest judicial authority in the Roman Catholic Church, made his comments in his homily on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12, Rome correspondent Edward Pentin writes on his website.
"The worldwide spread of Marxist materialism ... now seems to seize the governing power over our nation," Burke said of the U.S., adding that other nations are also undergoing a similar crisis. "To attain economic gains, we as a nation have permitted ourselves to become dependent upon the Chinese Communist Party, an ideology totally opposed to the Christian foundations upon which families and our nation remain safe and prosper."
COVID-19, he said, is being "used by certain forces, inimical to families and to the freedom of states, to advance their evil agenda. These forces tell us that we are now the subjects of the so-called 'Great Reset,' the 'New Normal.'"
The Catholic leader said these sinister forces want people to "find in a disease and its prevention the way to understand and direct our lives, rather than in God and in His plan for our salvation."
Burke continued, "At a time when we most need to be close to one another in Christian love, worldly forces would isolate us and have us believe that we are alone and dependent upon secular forces which would make us slaves to their godless and murderous agenda."
His remarks come at a time when many religious institutions are claiming restrictions put in place due to the pandemic are being used to infringe upon religious liberties.
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