The president of Catholic Action for Faith and Family, Thomas McKenna, interviewed Cardinal Burke this week who gave his take on the clergy abuse scandal, saying Pope Francis must “take action,” and there needs to be recognition of the “homosexual culture” of clergy.
In his interview, Cardinal Burke addressed what he believes to the root of the issue within the Church, saying:
“It seems clear in light of these recent terrible scandals that indeed there is a homosexual culture, not only among the clergy but even within the hierarchy, which needs to be purified at the root. It is, of course, a tendency that is disordered.”
Burke added that the problem is also made worse by “anti-life culture in which we live, namely the contraceptive culture that separates the sexual act from the conjugal union.”
The cardinal also gave his take on ways the situation can be addressed, saying the procedures are already in place and that ultimately it is up to Pope Francis to carry them out.
“The Holy Father has the responsibility to discipline these situations, and it is he who needs to take action following the procedures that are given in the Church’s discipline.”
He expanded on these procedures, saying disciplines have existed for hundreds of years and only need to be enforced, suggesting the Church needs to remind itself of what it has known for centuries.
“There existed in the Roman Pontifical for centuries the rites for the degradation of clerics and also of the hierarchy who had failed gravely in their office. I believe it would be helpful to read over again those rites to understand deeply what the Church has always understood, which is that shepherds can go astray, even in a grave way, and then must be appropriately disciplined and even dismissed from the clerical state.”
Cardinal Burke’s full interview can be read here.